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Working in Shadows - West Berkshire Museum, Newbury

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West Berkshire Museum

The Wharf

Newbury

RG14 5AS

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Working in Shadows – Archive film screening with live musical accompaniment

About this Event

It’s 1943 and it’s all hands to the pump on the Home Front.

When the Second World War was declared in 1939, the female population of Britain were called upon to fill all manner of roles. Women stepped up on the Home Front and abroad, which saw their lives drastically change.   

Elliott’s of Newbury was a manufacturing firm whose workforce, during the 1940s, was predominantly female. The factory was adapted to war work, and amongst other things was responsible for producing various Spitfire components as one of many Shadow Factories.  The firm commissioned a series of films from this period.  These films are held in the extensive collection of Hampshire County Council’s Wessex Film & Sound Archive. 

An unmissable opportunity to see archive footage that has not been publicly shared in over 75 years; brought to life with an exclusive improvised live score.

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By car

We are just off the Sainsbury’s roundabout on the main road through Newbury - A339. There is plenty of pay and display parking near the museum.

The nearest car parks are;

Newbury Corn Exchange (Bear Lane) Car Park (Three spaces reserved for Blue Badge Holders.)

Newbury Library Car Park (Two spaces reserved for Blue Badge Holders.)

By bus or train

We are only a short walk from the town centre bus stops and Newbury Railway Station.

By boat

We are close to moorings in Victoria Park and about 10 minute’s walk along the towpath from the marina.

Accessibility

The museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. There are lifts at each end of the building. Floors are tiles or hardwood and galleries are designed to allow a wheelchair user free movement around the displays.

The Welcome area is accessible by a ramp. The shop has a step but level access is available by entering and exiting through the same door and entering the rest of the Welcome area by the ramp.

Our panels and exhibition labels are printed in accordance with readability guidelines. We can also provide large print versions for most exhibitions. If there isn’t one in the gallery, please ask.

We have a set of evacuation procedures and should you require it someone will assist you with evacuation either out of the building or to a refuge. We have evac. chairs to assist.

If you would like somewhere quiet to sit, please ask our staff. There are seats in most galleries.

We welcome assistance dogs. See details about Blue Badge Holders parking above.

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West Berkshire Museum

The Wharf

Newbury

RG14 5AS

United Kingdom

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