a 30 minute documentary
brocks  bbridge  bsteel Photos courtesy of Imperial War Museum.
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."

Derek Moir
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.”

Greg Neale
Founding editor BBC History Magasine
Some time resident historian of BBC Newsnight
  “It inspired me to go away and interview my Nan.”

Marieke Evans
Education outreach at Manchester Science Museum