BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.


Accessibility help
Text only
BBC Homepage
BBC Radio
BBC Radio 4 - 92 to 94 FM and 198 Long WaveListen to Digital Radio, Digital TV and OnlineListen on Digital Radio, Digital TV and Online

PROGRAMME FINDER:
Programmes
Podcasts
Schedule
Presenters
PROGRAMME GENRES:
News
Drama
Comedy
Science
Religion|Ethics
History
Factual
Messageboards
Radio 4 Tickets
Radio 4 Help

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 

history
DOCUMENT
MISSED A PROGRAMME?
Go to the Listen Again page
Document banner
Monday 8.pm to 8.30pm
The award-winning investigative series returns, in which Mike Thomson takes a document as a starting-point to shed new light on past events.

Death on the Forth Bridge

Monday 12 September 2005
Image from picture gallery of Dad's Secret Army
When the Forth Bridge was opened in March 1890 it was proclaimed to be one of the finest engineering projects of the day. Proud boasts were made of it's record breaking length and the high speed at which this awesome structure had been built.
Follow this link to view pictures from the gallery relating to this edition.
But much less was said about the true cost of this scheme in human lives. The official number of fatalities was said to be fifty seven but evidence seen by Document suggests that figure was much, much higher. With the help of a local history group, piles of old 19 th century newspapers and the company's own accident books, Mike Thomson unveils a shocking story. He finds evidence of gruesome deaths, callous indifference and hints of a corporate cover-up.
EMAIL US WITH YOUR SUGGESTIONS
Do you have a document you want us to investigate? Follow this link to email the Document programme team with your submission which will be considered for the next series.
Listen Live
Audio Help

Document

    
History Programmes


About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy