"Mills Grenades. Core Making."

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Unknown
Production date
1915-1918
Description
A line of munitionettes are making cores for hand grenades. The three nearest the camera are wearing standard issue protective clothing but the fourth has only the hat. The women are working with moulds and clay. From "Munition Work Record. The Falkirk Iron Coy, Ltd, 1915-1918."
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Production date
1915-1918
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Subject notes
A hollow casting such as a bomb needed a core inside the mould so that the space would not fill with molten iron. Cores were made from moulding sand in two halves which were then glued together and baked in a stove. It was often women's work.
In 1915 the UK government took power over munitions production and directed many women into the industry; their numbers rose from 212,000 in 1914 to 950,000 by 1918. On average their pay was less than half that of men. They became known as munitionettes.
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P05195

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