A group of women painters employed on the Underground during the First World War.
Unknown photographer, 1915- 1918
Image no: 14747
Inventory no: 1998/62230
20th Century London caption: Before the First World War, a woman would not have been considered for a job as a painter, but during the war 16,000 Underground group employees joined the armed forces. From 1915, women were hired as conductors, clerks and maintenance staff to replace them. Employers took an interest in the staff's social lives, providing recreation facilities for concerts, dancing and meetings. Athletic clubs were also started during the war.