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The Ladies Bridge: London History Day

Hosted by the LSE Library

LSE Library, United Kingdom

Join us for a screening of The Ladies Bridge, a documentary about how women built Waterloo Bridge during World War Two. This will be followed by tips on how to find the work of working class women in archives.

Today the Thames riverboat pilots tell the story of Waterloo Bridge being built by women during the Second World War, they kept the story alive since the 1950’s. However, no “official” record of this history existed as historian Dr Christine Wall discovered after years of trawling through the archives.

In 2005, film-makers Karen Livesey and Jo Wiser joined the search, making an oral history film of the journey to find these women. The Ladies’ Bridge documentary explores why these bridge builders and many thousands of female construction workers had been written out of history.

It was not until 2015, with the find of these three photographs and a crucial interview from the The Ladies’ Bridge documentary, that Historic England officially acknowledged women’s contribution to the building of the bridge with a listing.

The British Library of Political and Economic Science (@LSELibrary) was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.

Part of the Women's Library, LSE Women at Work season to mark the passing of the Sex Disqualification Act in 1919. 

Follow the debate on Twitter at #LSEWomenWork and @theladiesbridge.

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