Trainee women bus conductors leave the London General Omnibus Company's training school for conductors during the First World War.
Photographed by Topical Press, 1916 - 1919
Image no: Ukn
Inventory no: 1998/36705
20th Century London caption: This photograph was taken at the Milman's Street training school in Chelsea. During the First World War, the London General Omnibus Company (L.G.O.C.) used the school to train women bus conductors. This photograph was taken between 1916-19 when L.G.O.C. was employing women. A large group of women are coming out of the school into the yard in full uniform. Judging from their happy faces, it looks as those these new recruits have just passed their training and are off to start work. Because they were paid the same rate as the male conductors, this was a very good job for a woman at the time. Nearly half the women who joined L.C.O.G. then gave their previous employment as 'domestic servant'.