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A Woman's Place
Women working in Nottingham's Players factory
Women working in Nottingham's Players factory
This programme is about the working women of Nottingham and the impact they’ve made on the city.
audio A Woman's Place - audio documentary (28k)

Jenny Swindells conducts a historical walk around Nottingham.
Here she explains how working women have shaped the city... (28k)

Listen to Eva Broughton talk about the 'players angels' (28k)

Listen to Mike Knight discussing hen nights in the city (28k)

Listen to the hen party sing (28k)

Listen to Madi Sharma describe how she built her business (28k)
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"The women of Nottingham are legendary - everyone knows they’re the prettiest in the country - and there are more of us that elsewhere! " says producer Sarah Julian (who lives in Nottingham, funnily enough).

A special programme called ‘Nottingham - a woman’s place' will explore the origins of these legend, and meet the women behind them.

The reason these sayings came about seems to be down to the high numbers of working women in Nottingham - industries like lace, tobacco, pharmaceuticals employ lots of women, who were earning money and looking good - giving rise to names like the ‘player’s angels’, the glamourous young women at the Players tobacco factory.

The programme looks at why the legend came about and whether it’s these working class women who gave Nottingham it’s special spirit.

We meet the players angels and the lace girls, follow a hen night and meet a modern day Nottingham business woman to contrast the experiences of older and younger women.

Jenny Swindells takes walks around the city highlighting women’s impact in Nottingham.

Listen to Jenny Swindells explaining women's impact on the city (28k).

Eva Broughton, who now lives in Clifton, was one of the ‘players angels’ in the 1940’s. She said they were well known for being glamourous.

Listen to Eva Broughton talk about the 'players angels' (28k).

These days young women are more likely to flock here for a good night out, particularly for hen nights, the city has become one of the most popular places in the country for hen nights.

Mike Knight, owner of the Palais nightclub in Nottingham, says hen nights are still very popular.

Listen to Mike Knight discussing hen nights in the city (28k).

And Sarah Julian who produced the programme for Sense of Place experienced a hen night first hand:

"I thought that following a hen night around Nottingham would make great (if rather unusual radio). I found a group of willing girls who were from all around the country but chose Nottingham because it was central and has such vibrant nightlife.

"I watched them getting ready, drinking in the bar and dancing at the Palais. I’m no stranger to girls’ nights out but I wasn’t prepared for these girls marching around the city, shouting and singing through the streets!"

Listen to the hen party sing (28k).

The programme also looks at working women today - Are things very different for working women today?

Madi Sharma is a businesswoman in the city, she says it wasn’t easy for her to make it in business.

Listen to Madi Sharma describe how she built her business (28k).

Listen to the audio documentary >>>

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