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I am very pleased to be invited to be part of an event at Somerset House on Monday night –  The Ladies Bridge Documentary Screening with Panel Discussion and Q&A.

We will be viewing a documentary on a fascinating subject – how Waterloo Bridge was built by women.

I’ll then be talking with others about bridges, super cool women and why we should know more (and more about) awesome historical accounts like this.

It’s a ticketed event and it is now sold out!


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The Ladies Bridge Documentary Screening with Panel Discussion and Q&A

Monday, 09 March 2015
The Screening Room

Anyone taking a riverboat down the Thames will hear their tour guide tell the compelling story of Waterloo Bridge. ‘The Ladies Bridge’ as it was affectionately termed was 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 2013 she was joined by film-maker Karen Livesey to pursue the story through oral history. The Ladies Bridge (28 minutes) explores why these bridge builders and 24,000 other female construction workers have been written out of history.

The panel discussion following on from the documentary, will discuss depiction of women through history and current female representation in industries such as engineering and archaeology.

This event is in collaboration with the Civic Shop, a pop-up currently based in the New Wing of Somerset House aimed at exploring questions of commercialisation and privilege of modern life. Among the many unusual part-product, part provocations include collaborations between designers and the UK’s Women’s Engineering Society.

Q&A speakers include:

Karen Livesey, Director of The Ladies Bridge documentary

Kat Jungnickel, Sociology Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, &

Victoria Herridge, palaeobiologist and co-founder of TrowelBlazers &

Chaired by Alice Bell, Freelance writer and researcher, specialising in the politics of science and technology.

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