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Rotherwas Ordnance Factory Open Day

ROF Project HARC Feb

Come and join us on the 13th February between 10am to 4pm to find out more of the fascinating history about the Rotherwas Ordnance Factory.

You can read real-life accounts of life as a munitions worker during the war, and see the displays of contemporary photographs. You may even recognise someone you know.

Did you, or someone you know, work at the factory? Come along for the chance to share your stories.

The project would also love to hear your story if you worked at the factory, or if you know the story of family member or friend that worked there.

The project was officailly launched on the 16th January, and is to honour the contribution of the women who worked at Hereford’s former munitions factory. It won Heritage Lottery Funding of more than £77,000 for the two-year programme which will create a digital archive about the Rotherwas factory and its workers as well as fund a series of community events and work with local schools to explore and preserve its history for future generations.

The site opened in 1916 as a munitions filling factory and became one of the largest explosive filling sites in the UK. It covered more than 300 acres and comprised more than 370 buildings. Employing mainly women, the site was bombed during the Second World War, in 1942, and suffered a major explosion in 1944.

For more information visit:

The ROF projects' facebook page www.facebook.com/rotherwasrofproject

The Skylon business page www.skylonpark.co.uk/key-projects/heritage-project

First World War Centenary Page www.herefordshire.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/local-history-and-heritage/first-world-war-centenary

 

 

 

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