Objects and History

Material culture can tell complex stories about a person or community’s history. Below is an object that gives a window to the history of Ajax and Defence Industries Limited. A daily routine for Ajax Bomb Girls was filling cordite shells, a task which was often dangerous and laborious. It is crucial to remember the relationship between the munitions and workers who made them.

Photo of a shell made at Defence Industries Limited, 1941. Photo courtesy of Pickering-Ajax Digital Archive
Munitions rounds from Defence Industries Limited. Courtesy of Pickering-Ajax Digital Archive

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