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stories of service - A group of West Indian women recruited to join the ATS, wait for transport to take them to their train© IWM AP 14372D.jpg

Wor War

A new exhibition at the Discovery Museum is highlighting stories of women and people of colour on Tyneside during the Second World War.

In this fascinating exhibition visitors can find out about people like Josephine Hall from Byker who ended up as a core-maker at the steel foundry C.A. Parsons, or Mary McDermott who worked as a conductor on the trams and trolleybuses for the Newcastle Corporation. Other tales include that of the West Indian seaman based in North Shields; Nigerian school teacher Robert Ngbaronye who stowed away to Britain and joined the RAF; and surgeon Irene Ighodaro who treat war casualties. (Note: The picture – left – show a group of women who were recruited to join the Auxiliary Territorial Service. They’re waiting for transport to take them to their train). GM

Stories of Service: Tyneside’s home front during the Second World War, until 25 September, Discovery Museum, Newcastle. discoverymuseum.org.uk