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Work details

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Applicant or licensee name:
Impressions Gallery
Applicant or licensee country:
United Kingdom
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Licence Granted
Title or short description:
Elsie Gledstanes, image from photo album (women doing a training exercise)
Full description:
An image of women in WRNS uniforms probably a training exercise, c.1918. Black and white photograph, approx 7x5", pasted into photo-album by Elsie Gledstanes. Elsie was born in 1891 in Ealing, West London, and trained to become an artist. However, at the outbreak of war in 1914, she volunteered for the ambulance service in London, one of the first public organisations to employ women drivers. Elsie was just 23 years old. Sadly, her brother was killed in France in 1915, but she continued to be involved in war services. By 1918, she had joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS), serving at Immingham, Hull. Elsie took snapshots during the war, and collected portraits and photographs made by others. She cut out stories from the WRNS magazine that were relevant to her, or other women working in the war.Elsie became a successful artist, and a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Still visual art
Type of work:
Museum, gallery, library or archive holding the work:
The Liddle Collection at the Brotherton Library Special Collections at University of Leeds
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Free hand outs for live event, exhibition or similar
Use in a live event, exhibition or similar
In newsletter, bulletin, e-newsletter or e-bulletin
In non-commercial promotional material – print and digital
Digitise and make available on-line, including on social media
Preservation purposes
Use on stage or in performance
Educational purposes – use in learning/ training materials, including e-learning
Use in thesis/dissertation
Personal use

Known creators or right holders

Type Located Name
Creator No Elsie Gledstanes

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