Touring Exhibition 'From Making to Moving'
Ford Transition: From Making to Moving
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’ Ford Transits, to the current Mountpark business park.
The exhibition was produced during the Heritage Lottery Funded community project, Transition: from fields to Ford and beyond, and draws on oral history interviews recorded in 2013 and 2017.
Previously showcased in a week-long pop-up museum housed in shipping containers on the former Ford site in April 2018, this touring version is on display at Eastleigh Museum until Friday 20th September 2019.