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Swindon Works Canteen Staff, 1986

Swindon Works Canteen Staff, 1986


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Filename: 17 - S36x 033 - Canteen Staff.jpg

Size: 3872 x 3108 (3.3MB)

Date: 2nd February 2023

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: S36x 033

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Swindon Works Canteen Staff, 1986

Six members of Canteen Staff at Swindon Works are in this photograph taken in March 1986. By this date the closure of the Works was underway and many staff had left, leaving just a skeleton group remaining to oversee the closure. This small team of canteen staff stayed on to provide meals for those still on the site. Despite the despondency these women must have felt at the Works closing around them and their own imminent redundancy, they still managed to smile cheerfully for the camera

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 32209007

Female Swindon Works Women 1986 Brel Canteen Closure


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EDITORS COMMENTS
In this poignant print from 1986, we see six members of the Swindon Works Canteen Staff bravely posing for the camera amidst a backdrop of uncertainty and impending closure. March 1986 marked a significant turning point as the Works began its gradual shutdown, resulting in numerous staff departures. However, these resilient women formed a steadfast skeleton group that remained to oversee the final stages of closure and provide meals for those still on site. Despite the overwhelming despondency that must have engulfed them, their radiant smiles speak volumes about their unwavering spirit. These remarkable ladies managed to find solace in each other's company and maintained an air of cheerfulness even as their own redundancy loomed large. This photograph serves as a testament to not only their dedication but also their ability to find joy amidst adversity. Their camaraderie is palpable through the lens, reminding us all of the power of human connection during challenging times. As we reflect upon this image captured at Swindon Works in 1986, let us honor these incredible women who continued to serve with grace and resilience until the very end. Their legacy lives on within STEAM Museum's archives, serving as a reminder that even in moments of great uncertainty, there is always room for hope and unity.

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