A group of women from the Calton, early 20th century. These women are wrapped up warm in their shawls. Woolen shawls had been common outerwear for women in rural areas of Scotland for generations. They became fashionable among working-class Glasgow women during the mid-late 19th century, as mills in the city and in towns such as Paisley mass-produced these simple, often colourful garments for sale at relatively low prices.
In 1914 an 18-year-old girl called Mairi Chisholm set out for London on her motor bike to see how she could help the war effort. She teamed up with a nurse called Elsie Knocker, who shared her spirit of adventure, and the pair of them went on to spend an incredible four years treating the wounded on the front line. They were the only women to live and work in the Belgian front-line trenches during the First World War.