Priddy's People

Are you one of Priddy’s People? Explosion Museum needs your help.

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Can you help? We are asking residents to raid their attics and dig out old photographs and items as part of an exciting new project called Priddy’s People.

The new project aims to bring to life the stories of local men and women who worked at the Royal Navy Armament Depot, Priddy’s Hard, which is now Explosion Museum. The collection of handling artefacts will feature as part of a free street party  event held in the museum grounds on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May.

HMCMS 1998 4 171  Workers of Priddys Hard Laboratory  - Shell area

We use handling artefacts in a number of ways with community and school groups at our museum. They could be a starting point for a discussion, inspiration for an artwork and simply help tell the story of the workers at Priddy’s Hard. An artefact isn’t just something that you would put monetary value on – they aren’t always made of gold or the finest china. Often they are quirky and not always over 100 years old. They could simply be a worker’s manual, a clocking in card or a Priddy’s Hard football trophy made of scrap tin won by someone’s Grandad. Priddy’s Hard had a huge female workforce during both world wars, as well as a 300 plus home guard and many residents would have had relatives working there.

For more information or to discuss a donation please contact Community Outreach Officer at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Jo Valentine on 02392 727595 or (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays)