World War I - Exhibition Project

The First World War

Has faded from living memory and yet its effects are still felt today in families and communities around the World. On the Isle of Wight all families were affected by the Great War, which proved to be a long and often painful road from the Victorian and Edwardian eras to more recent times.



The war changed much in society and provided a spur to the development of new technologies. The Island saw growing confidence among women who had taken up often physical and dangerous jobs in war industries, shipbuilding and munitions and served as nurses abroad and at home. Their war experiences helped them to get the vote for women, develop their independence and begin to address the inequities of a highly stratified social class structure.



The needs of the Forces for new weaponry and communications demanded a great deal from the Island’s industries. From ship and boat building traditions came aircraft, fast boats and eventually rockets and satellites.



This exhibition explores some of these innovations over the past 100 years.

See the full exhibition below

East Cowes Gallery


Columbine Building

Columbine Road

East Cowes

PO32 6EZ


Tel.  01983 244101

Cowes (West) Boat Museum and Restorations workshop


117a Medina Yard

Thetis Road


Isle of Wight

PO31 7DJ


Classic Boat Restorations Registered in England

No. 4083685

The Classic Boat Centre Trust

Registered Office

36 Castle Road


Isle of Wight

PO31 7QZ

Registered in England No.


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