Taking the Floor at Ford: women in a man's world

Taking the Floor at Ford: In Conversation with Debbie Bacon and Lolly Gresty, former employees at Ford Transit Assembly Plant, Southampton, 23 October 2017. [This event was part of the SO: To Speak Festival]
I feel I’ve been very fortunate to have been brought up in a time when girls were allowed to do whatever they wanted basically.Just tap on the right door and make sure they let you in. And not give up.” [Debbie]
And she didn’t give up – not when she and her friends at school had to fight to be allowed to study technical drawing usually only offered to boys; not when Factories Act rules placed restrictions during her apprenticeship at Ford Dagenham; nor when she was faced with resentful male colleagues on becoming their supervisor. It was this resilience and determination that helped Debbie and other women like her to succeed in male-dominated workplaces in manufacturing and engineering.
These stories were the focus of our discussion at the packed-out event at Mettricks Old Town Caf…

FREELANCE BRIEF: Exhibition Design Consultant to provide training

FREELANCE BRIEF: Exhibition Design Consultant to provide training The Heritage Lottery funded project Transition from fields to Ford and beyond is seeking aFreelance Exhibition Design Consultant to provide two sessions of training to a team of volunteer curators whose task is to support professionals in designing and curating a pop-up museum exploring the changing uses of the former Ford site in Swaythling, Southampton.

Hands up if you could help create a Pop-Up Museum in Swaythling

We are seeking volunteers to help us create and deliver a pop-up museum launching in two cargo containers at a site in Swaythling in April 2018.

The Curation Team will meet on Tuesdays, 1-3pm at Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre from Tuesday 31 October

The Community Enterprise Team will meet on Thursdays, 4-6pm at the Round About cafe on Wide Lane, Swaythling from Thursday 2 November.

Volunteers in the curation team will plan and deliver the museum by:

Liaising with the exhibition design consultant to devise a plan for the museumresearching the history of the site in local archivesTranscribing recorded oral history interviewsListening to recorded interviews and selecting content for the museumSelecting and collating archive content for the museumWriting text panels and taking photos for film, website and printRunning the museum over 7 days in Easter 2018
Volunteers in the community enterprise team will plan and deliver the museum by:
Liaising with the steering team to devise a plan for t…

Down Memory Lane at Milestones Museum

Our final community coach trip of the summer was to Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. As before it was very popular and we had to get a bigger coach! Many of our regulars from previous trips to Watercress Line and National Motor Museum Beaulieu joined us again as we took a trip down memory lane. 

Run by Hampshire Cultural Trust, Milestones Museum is a huge, cavernous immersive space, which houses under its cover a re-created Victorian streetscape complete with a working/serving pub and a hugely popular sweet shop, among other things. 

Descending the stairs our group dispersed to try out the different displays and activities – exploring the shops, warehouses and businesses from a bygone era, checking out the Thornycrofts collection of vehicles, sharing reminiscences in the roomsets of past decades, or queuing up to stock up on favourite sweets or pints. 

The museum is a great introduction to the industrial and economic history of the Basingstoke and Hampshire areas: vehicles made by Thorn…

All aboard the Watercress Line - Alresford to Alton on a historic steam train