Canal Boatwomen Trainees were NOT 'Idle Women' - Heritage Talk

Canal Boatwomen Trainees were NOT 'Idle Women' - Heritage Talk
From 21 April 2018 at 2:30 PM
To 21 April 2018 at 4:00 PM
Cost £5 per person
Refreshments Served

During the Second World War, there was a lack of crews to run much needed cargo-carrying canal boats, so necessary for the war effort because the railways were already overstretched moving munitions and personnel. This shortage led to the training of female volunteers to operate the boats. In this talk you will hear about some of the women who took on this challenging role, including some of the instructors, reflecting on their background, significance and later life, after the war had ended.

This is an additional event in Alarum Theatre’s spring tour of Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways which brings the women’s stories to life through theatre, poetry and song. See the Alarum Theatre website for more details. 

The speaker, Mike Constable, taught in secondary schools for twenty years before joining Birmingham’s Museum Service.  When he retired from there as Collections Management Officer ten years ago he was pounced on by The Waterways Trust to be joint (with his wife) Honorary Curator at the Canal Museum in Stoke Bruerne.  He had already known one of the trainees for many years but the new role involved him in getting to know many others.

Join us before or after the talk for a private view of Selly Manor Museum and enjoy complimentary tea and coffee from 2pm onwards.