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The Sugar Girls: East End Life and Work at Tate & Lyle’s Factories
An event at Bishopsgate Institute, Monday 19 March, 7.00pm in association with the Raphael Samuel History Centre.
Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi with Melanie McGrath and Jerry White.
Authors Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi will be speaking about their new book The Sugar Girls, which tells the true stories of female workers at Tate and Lyle’s East End factories in the 1940s and 1950s. Following the real lives of four former ‘sugar girls’, and weaving in experiences drawn from interviews with over fifty more, the book reveals the heavy, repetitive work, sexist regulations and sometimes hazardous conditions they endured – but also the great sense of community and unrivalled social life that the factories provided, and the fierce loyalty that they inspired.
Joining them to discuss The Sugar Girls and life in the East End will be Melanie McGrath, bestselling author of Silvertown and Hopping, and the award-winning historian of London Jerry White.