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The Sugar Girls: East End life and work in Tate & Lyle's factories

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The Sugar Girls: East End life and work in Tate & Lyle's factories


Monday, 19th March, 7pm

Bishopsgate Institute, Bishopsgate, EC1

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, repetative 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. To book, call 020 7392 9200