Building up the Home industries in WW2
Manufactured by Evershed & Vignoles Ltd, Chiswick, London)
(Photograph: J. Ritson)
Recently, some work colleagues came across some obsolete documents and equipment from the war years hidden away in an old workshop and having gathered dust and grime for many years. Materially, these things may not have much value and may not, at first glance, even be that historically important. However, they do provide an insight that the home industries in Britain continued to be built up even during the war years.
These items were found in West Cumbria, an area to where a lot of important British industries, such as munitions or uniform manufacture, were relocated from the Home Counties. New factories and homes for many of the relocated workers required new electricity connections, and it is evidence how the electricity network continued to be built up that has come to light with this find, including the ‘Megger Tester’ seen in the photograph above.
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