Holding the Line: Female Railway Workers in WW2, a talk by Susan Major

21 September 2018      19:30 - 21:00

    • Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York, YO23 1BW
    • 01904 466086

During the Second World War many thousands of the men working on the railways in Britain were called up for military service, and many thousands of women were recruited to replace them, to keep this vital service running. Susan's new book book draws upon oral history interviews with railway workers, carried out around fifteen years ago by the Friends of the National Railway Museum.

These women talk about their difficulties in a workplace not designed for women – no toilets for example, the attitudes of their families, what they thought about American GIs and Italian POWs, how they coped with swearing and troublesome colleagues, rules about stockings, about devastating air raids and being thrust into tough responsibilities and prove themselves for the first time.

All welcome.  History Group members £1, non-members £3.


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