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.

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.