Most history starts with a find. So what happens when you start with an urban myth?
Today the riverboat pilots on the Thames tell the story of Waterloo Bridge being built by women in World War 2. Official history has written this story out as historian Dr Chris Wall discovered after years of trawling through archives. Film-maker Karen Livesey joined Dr Wall, pursuing the story through oral history. The Ladies Bridge explores why these bridge builders and 24,000 other female construction workers have been written out of history in a video 28 minutes long with an accompanying education booklet.
WES has been supporting a campaign for a Blue Plaque to be placed to remember these women construction workers. Further details here.
You can purchase the DVD with or without the booklet from the Ladies Bridge website
- The Forgotten Heroines Article, Daily Mail 2013
- The Ladies Bridge, Smithsonian.com website
- Waterloo Brige, YouTube (3 mins)
- Concrete Construction Article
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