Sunday, September 24, 2023

A stitcher in time could help Thurrock Museum

THURROCK Museum volunteers are on the lookout for a local seamstress to help recreate 100-year-old historic Thurrock costumes.

The distinctive uniforms were worn by female workers at the old Kynoch explosives factory which later became the Coryton Refinery site in Corringham.

The factory was critical to the production of explosives during the First World War, so much so, a small town along with its own railway line were developed nearby.

Only black and white photographs remain of the original uniforms so the volunteer dressmaker would need to improvise with fabrics and design with a small budget.

The costumes will be worn by the museum volunteers throughout February for the First World War exhibition at the Thameside Gallery on the role of women during the war.

If you think you can help, please contact Diane Lee on


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