Showing posts from July, 2019

Family Craft Activities: Made for Making

Ford Transition: Made for Making FREE family craft activities Eastleigh Museum Market Street, Eastleigh SO50 5LF Friday 26 July & Monday 5 August 2019 Sessions at 11am, 1pm & 3pm In these free family workshops, led by artist Jackie Rolls, children will use their practical and creative skills to turn everyday materials and recycled materials from Southampton’s scrap store into fun or useful items, just as Ford factory workers did with left-over materials from the factory floor.  Friday 26 July: Make your own balloon powered vehicle  Monday 5 th August: Create your own wind powered weathervane FREE but please book your place by contacting Eastleigh Museum on T: 023 8064 3026 or pop into the museum and sign up.  The sessions are funded by Radian and supported by members of the Wide Lane Round About cafĂ©’s craft group. All materials supplied. The activities form part of the From Making to Moving exhibition, currently on display at East

Film screening: Swaythling - from Blitz to Boom

Swaythling: from Blitz to Boom    Film screening Thursday, 25 July 2019 at 2.00pm Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester SO23 8TH A special double-bill film presentation linked to the touring exhibition, Ford Transition: From Making to Moving [on display at Eastleigh Museum until September]. Southampton prepares for the Blitz, 1939 A film, made in 1939 by Harry Thew of the Solent Cine Club, captures wartime activities in the city centre and in Swaythling, as ARP and Auxiliary Fire Service personnel lead exercises and practice runs to prepare for air-raids and bombing during the Second World War. Inside the Ford Assembly Plant, 1995 The sights, sounds and voices in this presentation create an evocative atmosphere of a time when the Ford Transit Assembly plant in Swaythling was an industrial hub of activity employing thousands. A BBC Radio Solent documentary, featuring interviews with employees recorded in 1995, is illustrated by archival imag

Touring Exhibition 'From Making to Moving'

Ford Transition: From Making to Moving     Exhibition at Eastleigh Museum Market Street, Eastleigh SO50 5LF 29 June – 20 September 2019   “I’ve been away, come back and the building has gone. So, it’s the phoenix story, isn’t it? Out of the ashes – rebuild.” When the Ford Transit Assembly Plant in Swaythling, Southampton closed down in 2013, it brought to an end over 70 years of manufacturing history at the Wide Lane site. In its place today stands a high-tech logistics business park. From Making to Moving tells this story of transition – from building planes, helicopters and vans to shifting goods – through the voices of the men and women who worked there. Personal memories and reflections give a glimpse into the conditions, atmosphere, camaraderie and banter on the production line. Accompanying films present the wider story of the site’s history – from its wartime role when Cunliffe Owen built aircraft, through the heyday of iconic ‘white van’ For