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Turning high for piston rings (1914 – 18) | by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
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Turning high for piston rings (1914 – 18)

These images belong to the Parsons’ ‘Women Labourers’ photograph album, taken at Parsons’ Works on Shields Road during the First World War.

(TWAM ref: 2402)


The factory was founded by engineer Charles Parsons, best known for his invention of the steam turbine. In 1914, with the outbreak of war, Parsons’ daughter Rachel, one of the first three women to study engineering at Cambridge, replaced her brother on the board of directors, and took on a role in the training department of the Ministry of Munitions, supporting the increasing amount of women taking on jobs in industry to support the war effort.


More information about Rachel Parsons and Parsons’ Works can be found in Great North Greats a guest post by David Wright.


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