A new sculpture is to be commissioned on Sunderland’s Vaux development site in memory of the 700 women who worked in the city’s shipyards during World War II. Whilst men were away fighting, women of the area took up the area’s signature heavy industry and kept it afloat through the early 1940s. Local artist Rosanne Robertson has been commissioned to design the sculpture and will oversee its creation at the Sunderland Maritime Heritage Center.

Funded by Sunderland City Council, the completed project will stand next to the newly opened office building the Beam and the under construction City Hall. The monument is expected to be completed by Summer of this year. The artwork is inspired by the work of the local author Nancy Revell, whose novels “The Shipyard Girls” sought to cover the life and roles of women in World War II.