A free exhibition, celebrating Thurrock’s trade and industry during World War One, will be on show at the Thameside Complex, Grays from 30 September to 7 October.
Adverts from shops and businesses which featured in the local paper will be available, showing that despite the war raging abroad, normal life continued as much as possible at home. However, some industries did diversify – with Wouldham Cement being used to house prisoners of war.
The showcase also features photographs and information on local industries and some long-established pubs, as well as a map of where businesses were situated across the town.
Portfolio Holder for Communities, Cllr Deb Stewart, said: “The exhibition informs new generations of the life and times of residents who came before them, and how life was in Thurrock during a pivotal moment in world history.
“I want to thank the Thurrock Museum Volunteers for what I’m sure will be another wonderful exhibition. I hope everyone with an interest in the borough’s history will visit.”
The exhibition is free to everyone and more information can be found at Thurrock.gov.uk/events