Pillar drill operator Isobel Ansted at Plessey factory

Plessey Photographic1942

London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum
United Kingdom

This photograph of Isobel Anstead at Plessey’s secret Underground factory is one of my favourite objects in the collection as it represents the contribution of women to the war effort back home. The wartime factory had 2,000 staff, mostly women, working in shifts 24 hours a day in the newly constructed tunnels which were later to become the Central Line extension.


  • Title: Pillar drill operator Isobel Ansted at Plessey factory
  • Creator: Plessey Photographic
  • Date Created: 1942
  • Location: Redbridge
  • Physical Dimensions: 10in, 8in
  • Subject Keywords: Station
  • External Link: Record in London Transport Museum Collections Online
  • Reference number: 2001/13135
  • Item location: Hidden London: the Exhibition, Covent Garden Museum

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