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Choose from 67 pictures in our Swindon Works collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. Popular choices include Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Posters and Jigsaw Puzzles. All professionally made for quick delivery.


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Women war workers making ammunition shells in 24F Shop, 1943.

Women war workers making ammunition shells in 24F Shop, 1943.
These women have been tasked with the pressing on of copper bands and insertion of base plates for 25-pounder quick firing, high explosive, streamline shells. They are using a specialist Aldous- Campbell Ltd high pressure machine which fits both copper band and base plate securely in position. The lady to the right of the machine is holding a shell in position and a notice board (just out of shot) states that two presses, one of eight seconds and another of five seconds, are required in the machine to seal the shell.

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Bailey Bridges, No.2 Shop, 1942

This Official image taken in April 1942 shows timber components for Bailey Bridges under manufacture in No.2 Shop, the Sawmill, at Swindon Works. In the book ‘It Can Now Be Revealed' it is documented that the GWR ‘made 27,157 timber components and 13,700 packing timbers as well as other parts' for Bailey Bridges. The Bailey bridge was developed by Donald Bailey who worked for the British War Office. They were portable, pre fabricated structures that were used extensively during the war and were strong enough even to carry a tank. As this image shows, the parts for a Bailey bridge were simple, but they had to be precisely manufactured in order to fit together correctly and an essential test for the manufacturers, including Swindon Works, was to assemble a bridge in the workshops to ensure this was the case.

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Anti-Aircraft Gun, Swindon Works, 1940s

This anti-aircraft 6-pounder navel gun was manufactured for the Admiralty in W Shop at Swindon Works during World War II. It comes with a mounting that would have allowed it to be fixed to the ground, a building roof or a small ship and a shield to protect the gunner. Although this gun is small in size, most anti-aircraft guns required weeks of intensive training, particularly if you joined an anti-aircraft regiment. Although the anti-aircraft guns that were positioned on the Home Front coastal defences were not particularly effective they did shoot down a number of German V1 flying bombs (doodlebugs) during their time in operation.