Working For Victory. A Diary Of Life In A Second World War Factory.
Sutton Publishing. Imperial War Museum.
8vo. 6.5 x 9.5 inches. xxv + [i] + 226 pp. Bound in original red cloth, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper. A fine copy. Illustrated by 8 pages of black and white plates and by plan and map. The joint diaries of Kathleen Church-Bliss (1900-91) and Elsie Whiteman (1895-1980) relating their wartime years at Morrisons No. ! factory at Croydon, an engineering works manufacturing aircraft components. The two women met at the English Folk Dance Society and later ran a cafe/restaurant before volunteering for war work and receiving training as lathe operators. Their diary from 1942-44 revels the general disorganisation and bad management of the works. The two middle class women were shocked by the poor conditions at Morrisons for women workers and endeavoured to bring about welfare reforms through the works committees. The last chapter relates the period from June to November 1944 when numerous V! flying bombs fell on Croydon as depicted in an accompanying map. A readable resource for women's history on the Home Front, edited by Sue Bruley senior lecturer in history at the University of Portsmouth and author of Women in Britain since 1900 (1999).
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