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A closer look at our mini conference: the importance of chemists to HM Factory Gretna

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Chemists were crucial in the manufacture of Cordite, which was what HM Factory Gretna produced during World War One. Harry Marchanton Lowe was one of these chemists, and his grandson, Peter, researched his life during WW1 and after for The Miracle Worker’s Project. Hear Peter speak about Harry by coming along to our ONLINE mini-conference on July 31st from 10-12.

Tickets are FREE and available here!

Harry Marchanton Lowe at his graduation.

A closer look at our mini-conference: the importance of newspaper research

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One of the most important sources of information for our Miracle Workers Research project has been newspapers. The newspapers in South Scotland and Cumbria are a rich source for finding out about munitions workers at Gretna–especially when they were caught doing something not entirely legal! One of our researchers, Fiona, has concentrated her volunteering on newspaper research, uncovering some fascinating stories from over 100 years ago.

Learn more about newspaper research by coming along to our ONLINE mini-conference on July 31st from 10-12 and hear Fiona speak about the interesting stories she’s uncovered!

Tickets are FREE and available here!

A photo of Fiona’s grandmother, Jane, who worked as a typist at HM Factory Gretna.

A closer look at our mini-conference: Keynote speaker Dr Chris Brader

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Dr Chris Brader wrote his PhD thesis on women munition workers at Gretna during World War One. He not only delved into the nature of their work, but also how they lived and what they did for fun. It’s an absolutely fascinating read and we’re delighted to have him speak at our mini-conference in July.

Learn more about Chris’ work by coming along to our ONLINE mini-conference on July 31st from 10-12.

Tickets are FREE and available here!

 

Chris’ excellent book on WW1 and borders women also contains an exploration of munitions workers at HM Factory Gretna

A closer look at our mini conference: From HM Factory Gretna to the Cadbury Factory

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Miss F Catnach was a tricky person for our volunteer researcher, Cathy, to research, because initially we only had the above photo of her and her first initial. However, she not only found her Christian name, but also uncovered a fascinating family backstory that includes suffrage, charity work and the Cadbury Factory in Birmingham! Florence had a very important role at HM Factory Gretna–she was the Chief Supervisor in the Mossband Section. Learn more about this fascinating woman by coming along to our ONLINE mini-conference on July 31st from 10-12 and hear Cathy speak about her!

Tickets are FREE and available here!

A photo of Cadbury’s centenary celebrations in 1931. Florence is somewhere in this picture.

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