A MODERN recreation of a 100-year-old wartime painting depicting the women's canteen at Phoenix Works in Bradford is on display at City Hall.

A total of 32 Bradford women agreed to take part in the project by Artworks Creative Communities, and the resulting image was captured by local photographer Carolyn Mendelsohn.

It was unveiled in City Hall on Friday as part of the International Women's Day celebrations.

Deb Collett of Artworks said: "We have been celebrating 100 years since some women gained the vote, but the women depicted in the Phoenix Works canteen would have been too young and or too poor to exercise that hard fought for right.

"Our project pays homage to those women and shows how far we have come."

The photograph includes several local councillors, an MP, the first woman leader of Bradford Council, and leaders of local organisations, such as the National Science and Media Museum, and Bradford Literature Festival, alongside women in frontline jobs such as a bus driver, midwife and police officer.

Ms Collett added: "This magnificent picture glows with energy and sisterhood, and is a real triumph."

Phoenix Works was in Thornbury and was renowned for manufacturing the Flying Boats during WW1, and the women's canteen was the subject of a large painting commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1918. Flora Lion, a society portrait painter was dispatched to Bradford to capture women working for the war effort.