Women help make history at Portsmouth Dockyard


I was an apprentice in Portsmouth Dockyard when the girls in the photograph joined. There used to be two entries a year and they were one or two behind my entry. I met them though, a few months after that photo. They came to the machine shop where I was on my second stint I believe.

Mary Bromley, Mary Malloy, Susan Wright, Vivien Hurage and Barbara Arnold. I wonder where they are now ?

How many of them completed the apprenticeship and how many continued along their chosen career path at the end of training ?

If anyone knows, please let me know.

Women help make history at Portsmouth Dockyard – Remember When – Portsmouth News.

7 thoughts on “Women help make history at Portsmouth Dockyard”

  1. I was an electrical apprentice in the same entry as the ladies above – Mary (she is the one on the far right) was a good mate and had a great sense of humour – I often wonder what happened to her.

    1. Thanks for the comment. Took a look at your website too, liked the quote from “The Weavers Answer”. They were one of my favourite bands of the time. I believe Roger Chapman is still touring with The Shortlist. Did we ever meet ? I knew someone with the Timms surname, used to go to Portsmouth Polytechnic. Unfortunately I can’t remember the first name….40 + years ago…!!

      1. Good pick up on the Family quote – I still enjoy all Family and Roger Chapman music – saw Family at the IOW festival. I went to the Highbury college somewhere near Cosham as part of the apprenticeship. We recently went to the UK and visited the Dockyard – saw the apprenticeship museum and the section on female apprentices which mentions the girls in my ‘intake’ – thought I would follow through.

  2. Barbara Arnold is my mum! She completed her apprenticeship and stayed until 1982 when she had me! She did an electrical apprenticeship then worked in the telecommunications area.

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