Exhibition: Helen Beale – Never at Sea

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Explore the inspirational story of Standen\’s Helen Beale, the pioneering woman who went to war and helped make women an important part of the Navy\’s war effort.Using family letters and memories, we take you on Helen\’s journey from a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse to becoming the first female officer of the Women\’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS). Alongside video footage of that time, the public and more private aspects of Helen\’s career will be united in a display of her personal possessions as well as items from the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Navy Museum. We bring Helen\’s words to life through her letters being read by today\’s retired Wrens.