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Friends of the South Grey Museum Speaker Series 2022: Barbara Dickson, “Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo”

November 16, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

The Friends of the South Grey Museum invite you to the Speakers Series 2022, developed and hosted by Barry Penhale. As someone with an interest in the Museum and its programs, you know how much we have all missed many activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including our series of talks. We decided to welcome our supporters back to a virtual series for 2022, offered as webinars via Zoom with another eight programs, occurring as usual on the third Wednesday of each month, April to November, at 7:00 pm.

The Museum being no longer available as a host site, and with the continuing threat of COVID, going virtual was the obvious solution. Moving to a virtual delivery brings with it some additional costs, so we have made this a subscription series, but we’ve kept the usual at-the-door cost as a household fee of $10 per session. We are grateful to the Municipality of Grey Highlands for continuing their support for the presenters.

Barbara Dickson is a professionally-trained public speaker, local historian, and award-winning author in both fiction and non-fiction. During the Second World War, over 21,000 patriotic citizens, predominately women, courageously worked with high explosives. Barbara provides an account of women working in high-security, dangerous conditions making bombs in Toronto during the Second World War. For over a four-year period they filled munitions for the Allied Forces at a top-secret facility located in Scarborough, Ontario.

Some 170 buildings comprised the site along with over four kilometres of secretive tunnels, which remain as mysterious today as they did years ago. What was it like to work in a munitions factory during the Second World War? Barbara’s comprehensive presentation focuses not only on the breadth of the war-time endeavour but also on the amazing women who worked there. This little-known military story about Canada’s bomb girls—the girls behind the guns—will appeal to every Canadian who honours those who fought for their freedom both overseas and here at home.

Many Sessions, Your Choice

Hoping you will join us for another exciting series, this time from the comfort of your home, no uncomfortable folding chairs, and no expenditure on gasoline!

Choose which parts of the series you prefer.  Visit our web site for in-depth descriptions of The Sessions.

Full Series of all eight sessions monthly April to November
with one free session discount
for $70

Half Series of four sessions monthly April to July
for $40

Half Series of four sessions monthly August to November
for $40


Buy $70 Full Series (8 sessions) April to November

Buy $40 Half Series (4 sessions) April to July

Buy $40 Half Series (4 sessions) August to November