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Female rivet hotter, A Shop, c. 1940

Female rivet hotter, A Shop, c. 1940


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Filename: W8-084 Female working as rivet hotter in A Shop during WW2.jpg

Size: 3433 x 2575 (1.3MB)

Date: 18th January 2018

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: W8 084

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Female rivet hotter, A Shop, c. 1940

During the Second World War Swindon Works employed women in both the workshops and offices. Here a female employee is helping her male colleague with riveting

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Media ID 15134212

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A Shop Swindon Works Workshop Riveting World War Two


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In this print from the STEAM Museum of the GWR, we are transported back to a significant era in history - c. 1940 during the Second World War. Swindon Works, known for its remarkable contributions to the war effort, employed women not only in offices but also within their workshops. This particular image showcases an inspiring moment of collaboration and determination. Amidst a bustling workshop filled with machinery and tools, we witness a female employee fearlessly taking charge as she assists her male colleague with riveting. The intensity on their faces reflects the gravity of their work - each rivet hammered into place symbolizing another step towards victory for their nation. The atmosphere is charged with resilience and unity as men and women alike join forces to support their country's cause. It serves as a poignant reminder that gender roles were challenged during wartime, allowing women to showcase their skills beyond traditional boundaries. This photograph encapsulates both the strength and adaptability displayed by individuals at Swindon Works during this tumultuous period in history. Their unwavering dedication echoes throughout time, reminding us of the sacrifices made by countless unsung heroes who played vital roles behind-the-scenes. As we gaze upon this snapshot frozen in time, let us pay homage to these brave workers whose efforts helped shape our world today. May it serve as a testament to human perseverance amidst adversity and inspire future generations to strive for greatness even when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges.

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