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Transition: from fields to Ford and beyond

March 2017 - June 2018

Planes, helicopters and the iconic Transit van – one small site in Southampton has produced them all. In 2013, the factory closed its doors and a high-tech logistics park has risen in its place bringing different kinds of jobs for a different kind of future.

Transition: from fields to Ford and beyond

Planes, helicopters and the iconic Transit van – one small site in Southampton has produced them all. In 2013, the factory closed its doors and a high-tech logistics park rose in its place bringing different kinds of jobs for a different kind of future.

This Heritage Lottery funded project invited the community of Swaythling and surrounding areas to collectively explore the transport manufacturing history of the former Ford site in their city of Southampton, from its early years as Cunliffe-Owen Aircraft factory to Briggs Motor Parts and then its 60-year stint as the Ford Transit Assembly Plant, producing the iconic Ford Transit van.

The year-long project engaged teams of community volunteers in the research, curation and event management of a pop-up cargo container museum with immersive AV which ran at the industrial site itself during April 2017.

Project activities included community coach trips to Hampshire museums, schools’ workshops, reminiscence cafes and public talks, oral history interviews, archive research and much more.

Visit www.fordtransition.org.uk to out more about the project and the stories we unlocked.

 





The Ford Transition cargo container museum (April 2017)
 A Ford-retiree signs the 'last Transit'
The Last Transit produced in Southampton - this was signed by workers in 2013
Project volunteer Phil (an ex-Ford employee) displays his photography
Assembling model Transits - against the clock!



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March 2017 - June 2018
Planes, helicopters and the iconic Transit van – one small site in Southampton has produced them all. In 2013, the factory closed its doors and a high-tech logistics park has risen in its place bringing different kinds of jobs for a different kind of future.

October 2016
It’s not every day you get asked to make a ‘flash mob’ exploring the culture of philanthropy. We had great fun working with students from Solent University and Totton College creating a lively 8 minute piece exploring the stories of some of Britain’s greatest givers.

January - June 2016
Creating an exhibition to accompany an innovative touring show telling the incredible story of 'Sapper Dorothy Lawrence' - the first and only female soldier in WWI.

April - October 2015
A touring play exploring the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 through the stories of three ordinary folk caught up in the action. This play toured schools and historical venues, culminating in a centenary performance at The Great Hall , Winchester on 25th October 2015.