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a DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MUNITION WORKER [Main]

  • Country: GB
  • Year: 1917
  • Runtime: 12 mins
  • Description:
    Manual work done by women at a British munitions factory, spring 1917.

    The young woman leaves her terraced house (section tinted blue) at 5am and takes the train to the factory (tinting ends). In the locker room she and the others change into overalls and boots, and clock on. She works on finishing 8-inch shells, pouring molten explosive in to top the cases up, capping them using a wheel to clear the screw threads, adding the detonator and stencilling them. A trolley takes another batch away. Other women, wearing masks against the fumes, top up heavier shells. The women are given a brief medical examination on site, lasting no more than a few seconds. In one suspect case a blood sample is taken. The women wear shifts to wash, which is compulsory before meals and on leaving the factory. A final close-up of the young woman, pretty without her mask and almost coy, working for victory .

  • Keywords: EFG1914
    World War I
    propaganda, British - inspirational
    industry, British - munitions
    medical, British civilian - preventative: examination
    society, British - domestic
    31/3(41)
    GB, England
    sex
  • Provenance: Imperial War Museums
  • Provider: Imperial War Museums
  • Production company:War Office Cinema Committee
  • Colour: Black & White
  • Sound: Without sound