The Hampshire Records Office is a treasure trove of information relating to Hampshire and the people who live in Hampshire. By delving into the records you can uncover interesting histories about businesses, buildings, births, marriages, employment and more. As well as this, the Hampshire Records Office frequently holds talks related to Hampshire's history and the multitudes of information that can be discovered amongst the records. On January 25th, retired police officer Dr Clifford Williams will be sharing his research through his talk The Changing Role of Women in the Police Service.
Dr Williams' talk will delve into the history of women in the police service in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Originally a male-only field, changes were influenced by the First and Second World Wars where there were less able-bodied men able to take up roles. Again changes were brought into the police force when the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 was enacted. The act prevented employers from discriminating against potential employees due to their gender. His research includes first-person accounts from former policewomen, and tirelessly searching through records across Hampshire and also in London.
The talk will be held on Thursday January 25th at 1:10pm at the Hampshire Records Office in Winchester. The Records Office is about 13 miles from Southampton, and accessible by car or by train.