Gallery: War drama at Leiston Long Shop Museum tells tale of ‘munitionettes’ at factory museum

Dress rehearsal at Leiston Long Shop for the story of female munitions workers. L-R Tricia Reader, J

Dress rehearsal at Leiston Long Shop for the story of female munitions workers. L-R Tricia Reader, Jill Hubbard, Julie Farrell, Theresa Reader, Sheila Sorley. - Credit: Archant

The First World War saw a dramatic societal shift as many women answered urgent demand in factories.

Women munition workers at the Garretts Works in Leiston

Women munition workers at the Garretts Works in Leiston - Credit: Archant

By the end of the war, most of the army’s weaponry was made by ‘munitionettes’ at plants like Leiston’s Garrett Works – now home to the Long Shop Museum, charting the town’s engineering heritage.

Next week it will commemorate the work of women in munitions production and explore a number of social issues arising then and now.

A dramatic retelling of the workers’ story will be followed by a discussion on conscientious objectors.

Writer and director Jill Hubbard said the event will be the latest in a series of diverse talks and shows at the museum, many staged recently to commemorate the outbreak of war.


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It takes place on Thursday, September 18 from 7.30pm. Before that, the Long Shop will host a concert by the Leiston Royal British Legion Band from 7.30pm tonight.

Tickets for both events are available from the museum or at the door.

For more details, visit longshopmuseum.co.uk.

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