Throughout REME's history, women have worked alongside REME’s male fighting force, excelling in careers not always available to women in the civilian world.

A new exhibition at the REME Museum tells the stories of some of these exceptional women. Women such as Junior Commander Marjorie Inkster who served with the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), an organisation created during World War Two for the thousands of women keen to help the war effort. She was attached to REME to maintain and repair radar equipment – vital work that helped defend Britain from aerial attack.

The role of women in the British Army has seen dramatic changes over the decades. The exhibition will look at the restriction’s women have had to overcome, from being unable to serve if married, to being paid less than the men they commanded. It will also highlight the opportunities and support which women have received, to help them excel in their chosen career and to proudly serve their country in the same role as their male colleagues.

With women making up 10% of the British Army, and with this number increasing, the exhibition will showcase some of the stories of women currently serving with REME, alongside their pioneering predecessors.

The exhibition opens 23 April and runs until 5 October 2019. Entry to the temporary exhibition is included with admission to the Museum.

Black and white photo inset of women in military uniforms in a line as more walk past. Black text next to photo against yellow background reads "Women of REME, A temporary exhibition 23 April - 5 October 2019 "

 Black and white photograph © Crown, via Imperial War Museum.

Black and white photo of three women in military uniforms holding onto a wooden handle. Brick buildings behind them.

Marjorie Inkster (right), Auxiliary Territorial Service, attached to REME as a Radar Maintenance Officer during World War Two. From the Museum's collection. © Unknown.