From Fields to Ford and Beyond
Ford Transition touring exhibition.
FORD TRANSITION TOURING EXHIBITION: From Fields to Ford and Beyond.
The Ford Transition touring exhibition is a repurposed version of the original April 2018 Heritage Lottery funded pop-up museum which was housed in three cargo containers at the site of the Ford Vehicle Repair Centre site off Wide Lane, Swaythling, Southampton. The exhibition explores Southampton's shift from 'making' to 'moving' through the changing uses of one small but historically significant site.
From production of aircraft parts (Cunliffe-Owen 1937-1945) to motor parts (Briggs 1949-1953) and the iconic Ford transit van (Ford 1953 - 2013) the industrial activity at the site in Swaythling highlights Southampton's rich transport manufacturing heritage. Now, as it is redeveloped into a logistics park attracting businesses through its land, sea and air connections, the site tells a story of Southampton's strengthening status as 'Gateway to the World' and its economic transition from 'making' (manufacturing) to 'moving' (logistics) industries.
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