An Oral History of London’s Dock Workers

In 2017 I had the privilege of participating in ‘Sherbet Dab‘; a project in which London schoolchildren conducted interviews with cabbies and created a film charting the history of the London taxi trade.

The same team have now created ‘Brass Tally Men‘ which examines the work and culture of London’s dock workers between the 1930s and 70s.

To hear the interviews and watch the films, please click here.

6 responses

  1. This is an important project, but they have left it rather late. Most of the people I knew in the 1950s working as dockers, stevedores, and bargemen have long since died.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Very true, sadly Pete. A number of those interviewed are relatives of those who worked on the docks.

  2. Thanks you! Now I know where the name of Brass Tally Alley comes from!

  3. My comment seems to have disappeared…thank you for this. I have been wondering where the name of Brass Tally Alley came from.

  4. […] On to London street names and the wonderful Brass Talley Alley. Thanks to the very interesting blog ‘View from the mirror’, I have learned where that name came from: something that has, for some time, been vexing […]

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