Wartime Newport:
The Home Front

The Gun Factory

The Gun Factory is part of a Home Front Recall project made possible by the Big Lottery Fund. The project began with the chance discovery of a private collection of wartime photographs and coincided with the sixtieth anniversary celebrations commemorating the end of World War II.

Newport Museum and Art Gallery would like to thank the following for their stories, photographs and support without which this project would not have been possible.

Sandra Bateman, BBC Wales, Linda Bishop, Iris Bowkett (nee Watts), John Brooks, Mike Buckingham, Jean Burgess (nee Bubb), Marjorie and Blair Carlson, Connie Cochrane (nee Lawrence), Rene Cureton (nee Olive Irene Gorman), Louise Dare (nee Garay), Joan Duffleld (nee Sharrem).

Peggy Dunford (nee Lawrence), Peggy Edwards (nee Morris), Eira Elton (nee Davies), Paul Flynn MP, Veda Galbraith and the late Douglas Galbraith, Ian Galbraith, Robin Hawkins, Valerie Hill (nee Lane), William Holt, Imperial War Museum, Lilian Lewis, David Lloyd, Norman Longmate, Edna Lucas, Veronica Lyons (nee Bird), Vera and Bill Machell (nee Smale).

Betty Merton (nee Powell), Jessica Morden MP, Rex Moreton, Vicky Parsons (nee Dugdale), Jackie Payne, Kenneth Pinnell, Carol Pringle, Arlette Richards (nee Jones), Sidney Riley, Phyllis Roberts (nee Soffe), Betty Routley (nee Harris), Kenneth Sabey, John Sampson, Irene Samuel, Leslie Thomas, Olive Thomas (nee Miles), Claire Wilkins (nee Mathissen), John Williams, Word Smiths.

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to meet so many extraordinary men and women and to have listened to their experiences.

This project was researched, compiled and edited by Roger Cucksey and Sarah Griffiths. The site was designed by Christopher Newell.

Copyright: Newport Museum & Art Gallery Newport South Wales NP20 1PA


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