Discover the remarkable photographs made by Mairi Chisholm, a young ambulance driver and first aider who worked under fire in Flanders during the First World War.

Dr Pippa Oldfield, Head of Programme at Impressions Gallery, discusses one of Mairi Chisholm’s photo albums, now conserved in the National Library of Scotland. The album is filled with snapshots that offer an incredible insight into women’s experiences of war.

Pippa Oldfield is curator of the national touring exhibition ‘No Man’s Land: Women’s Photography and the First World War’. The exhibition was co-produced by Impressions Gallery, Bristol Cathedral, The Turnpike, and Bishop Auckland Town Hall, and supported by Arts Council England Strategic Touring, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research.

This film was made as part of the online event ‘One Object: Stories of British Art History’ held on 19 March 2021 by Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Recipients of PMC funding shared one intriguing object from their research, revealing fascinating hidden stories from all areas of British art history.

12min 38sec: Produced by Impressions Gallery 2021