Hillcroft LRC

Shopworkers of the World Unite…

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Hillcroft CollgeThis week BBC 2 started a two-part series on Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter presented by Dr Pamela Cox. Shown on Tuesday 24 June at 2100 the programme charts how women first become involved in shop work and the conditions they worked under.

When it was originally set up in 1920 Hillcroft College  included shop assistants from Debenhams department store amongst its first cohort who were sponsored by Debenhams to improve their education and skills. Our LRC team is recording the programme to add to our archive on women.

Hillcroft is based in the house which belonged to Wilberforce Bryant the owner of the famous Bryant & May matchstick factory in east London where the matchgirls went on strike. 5 July next week marks 126 years since the strike and there is a series of events taking place at the second Matchwomen’s Festival at Hamilton House in London. It includes talks on the strikers, walks and also examines working conditions today. Tickets are £2 and the under 16s go free. Louise Raw author of Strike a Light will be speaking and Kate Connelly on her book about the suffragette leader Sylvia Pankhurst Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire. Our team will be adding both of these books to our collection.

 

 

 

 

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