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The Weekend Millionaires - Episode 3

August 17, 2020 digital:works Season 3 Episode 3
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The Weekend Millionaires - Episode 3
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digital:works Podcast
The Weekend Millionaires - Episode 3
Aug 17, 2020 Season 3 Episode 3
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An Oral History of the Thames Lightermen

Episode 3 reveals why they were called The Weekend Millionaires, the role of the Union in their working lives and the gradual decline of the working river.

The profession has employed generations of Londoners with the lightermen carrying cargo and the watermen carrying passengers. Whilst the trade for watermen dwindled with the construction of bridges, the lightermen continued to grow with London's trade up until the 1960s when containerisation and then the closure of London's dockyards led to a decline in the trade. 

Today far fewer people work on the Thames but for those who do, or who have retired in the past 30-40 years, there remain vivid memories and important stories to tell. This film aims to share some of these. 

Funded by
Heritage Lottery Fund, Unite the Union and The Company of Watermen and Lightermen 

Visit the project website 

Show Notes

An Oral History of the Thames Lightermen

Episode 3 reveals why they were called The Weekend Millionaires, the role of the Union in their working lives and the gradual decline of the working river.

The profession has employed generations of Londoners with the lightermen carrying cargo and the watermen carrying passengers. Whilst the trade for watermen dwindled with the construction of bridges, the lightermen continued to grow with London's trade up until the 1960s when containerisation and then the closure of London's dockyards led to a decline in the trade. 

Today far fewer people work on the Thames but for those who do, or who have retired in the past 30-40 years, there remain vivid memories and important stories to tell. This film aims to share some of these. 

Funded by
Heritage Lottery Fund, Unite the Union and The Company of Watermen and Lightermen 

Visit the project website