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The Innovation Race— Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War

Issue No. 2489

Just one year into the First World War, the British Army was faced by an acute shortage of shells, having fired so many in the imperialist slaughter.

The “Shells Crisis” caused a major political problem for British government.

Munitions factories began popping up across Britain. It spurred new innovations in mass slaughter but also changed the working class as women became an integral part of the workforce.

This exhibition partly looks at the effect of this munitions drive in Manchester and the innovations made in the city.

Among the pieces on display are a selection of original diaries, company archives, sketches and letters.

Exhibition at Museum of Science and IndustryManchester M3 4FP.
Until 16 April,Free entry,

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Tue 2 Feb 2016, 16:30 GMT
Issue No. 2489
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