Hearing the Stories of Hidden Women

9 March 2018

The Southcoates Lane Community in Hull got to know photojournalist Lee Stow last year through her work for the James Reckett Library Trust, collecting oral histories of local people for the Untold Hull project. Sisters Agnes, Nora and Imelda generously shared some of their experiences in Mercy ministry.

Lee then offered to share another aspect of her work with the Sisters: that of collecting the untold stories of women worldwide who have been affected by war. In Lee’s own words:

Poppies: Women, War, Peace grew organically from documentary photographic work which began in 2007 with women trying to rebuild lives in post-civil war Sierra Leone, West Africa. Women who had shown great strength, resilience and optimism despite having lived through one of the most brutal wars in recent history.
Then a conversation with highly-respected Dr Nick Evans of the Remember Me Project and WISE, who noticed I was photographing poppies in the fields around my home in East Yorkshire, led me to the largely-unknown fact that in 1918 American volunteer war secretary, Moïna Belle Michael, conceived of the red poppy flower as a symbol of remembrance.