Women of industry: industrial innovation? Part of Women and Power

Two women using machinery in a factory during the First World War

Explore women's contribution to industry over the past 100 years

In 1847, before Cragside was built, the Elswick works were established for the production of Armstrong’s hydraulic cranes. This modest stretch of the River Tyne soon became the epicentre of North East industry, expanding into shipbuilding, armament and locomotive production.


Women of industry: Industrial innovation? explores the changing role of women in industry using the Elswick work factories as a backdrop, around the time of major societal shift; the First World War and the passing of law granting some women the right to vote.


Using sight and sound, this immersive experience unveils a snapshot into what life was like as a female worker in industry, exploring personal reflections and uncovering what opportunities and challenges women faced in day-to-day working life.