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 during the Second World War.
Official history has written this story out as Historian Dr
Chris Wall discovered after years of trawling through archives.
In 2005 she was joined by film-maker Karen Livesey to pursue 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. Recent finds, have led to English Heritage considering the placement a blue plaque on Waterloo Bridge to honour these women.
Director Karen Livesey
Producers Jo Wiser & Karen Livesey
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" An excellent resource for any teacher delivering GCSE
modern world history...it broke down barriers between generations."
Head of History, Brit School, Croydon.
“ Fascinating essay in social history and a gripping account of the search to
recover memories of a particularly poignant time in British History, and the
often forgotten role that women played in war-time.”
Founding editor BBC History Magasine
Some time resident historian of BBC Newsnight