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Special events marking the centenary of munitions production in Worcestershire

Posted  17 February 2017 in Events   News  
By Liz Robertson
Blackpole Munitions Factory, First World War

February 2017 marks the centenary of small arms ammunition production at Government Cartridge Factory No 3 Blackpole, more commonly known locally as the Cadbury’s Factory.

The Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme will hold a special event, Blackpole Munitions Factory 1917- 2017 on Saturday 25 February, as part of Love Worcester Heritage Festival 2017. The event will commemorate the centenary with the launch of a new illustrated book on the history of the munitions factory, as well as inviting people to volunteer to work on a Worcester City Council project to survey the surviving buildings.

Production of ammunition began at Blackpole in February 1917, and when production ceased in 1919, the factory had produced around 200,000,000 cartridges. A high proportion of the workers at the factory were women, and by training and good management, the Blackpole cartridges were of the highest quality, produced at an economical price.

To mark the centenary of the Blackpole factory, Worcester City Council are also organising a survey of the surviving buildings. Volunteers are invited to get involved, be trained in rapid building surveying and gain an understanding of the munitions factory, its survival, development and later uses. Anyone interested in joining in can find out more by attending the event. The surveying project will run through until October 2017.

For further information on the Worcestershire World War One Hundred Programme, as well as full listings of events taking place visit: www.ww1worcestershire.co.uk or follow @WW1Worcs

To find out what events are taking place as part of Love Worcester Heritage Festival 2017 visit http://www.visitworcestershire.org/worcester/Love-Worcester.aspx

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