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Far From ‘Idle:’ The Women Canal Workers of the Second World War

Nicknamed the ‘Idle Women,’ although they were about as far from idle as anybody could possibly be, the women canal workers of the Second World War performed vital war work which is all but forgotten today, some seventy years later. Some of the ‘Idle women’ arriving at a canal dock | The Sphere | 15 April 1944 The curious name of ‘Idle Women’ came from the badges that these pioneering women wore, with the initials ‘IW,’ which stood for ‘Inland Waterways’.

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8 million newspaper pages are now fully searchable

We’re thrilled to announce that you can now explore 8 million historic newspaper pages online. That’s double the number that you could search when The British Newspaper Archive launched in November 2011.   Search the newspapers   Try your search again If you’ve tried searching for a person, event or place before without success, it’s well worth trying again now. Thousands of pages are added every week, so your chance of finding something amazing increases all the time. So far

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