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Made in Grimsby: our industrial past is focus of new exhibition

1:34 pm, Wednesday, 7th September 2022 - 1 year ago


TICKLER, Osmond & Son, Lloyd Cars, Hewitt Brothers and Peter Dixon will all feature as part of a free two-day exhibition, telling the story of Grimsby-made products from times gone by, including jam, beer, fish fingers, paper, cars and caravans.

There will also be a chance to learn more about Grimsby’s contribution to the war effort, including the artillery projectiles produced at Grimsby’s National Shell Factory, the fuses made by Trent Guns and Cartridges and the components for the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine manufactured by Lloyd Cars.

The exhibition will look at the companies associated with Grimsby’s principal industry: fishing. Visitors will have a chance to see items connected with firms like J S Doig, who built fishing vessels, Birdseye, who produced the famous fish fingers, and Cosalt, who supplied a huge amount of material to the fishing industry, including waterproof clothing, rope and nets.

Adrian Wilkinson, Archivist, Lincs Inspire, said: “This exhibition will tell the story of Grimsby as a manufacturing town. Although fishing was the town’s principal source of wealth, Grimsby was also an important manufacturing centre. J S Doig built minesweepers for the Royal Navy, Peter Dixon was one of Britain’s largest producers of newsprint and Tickler’s was the principal supplier of jam to the British Army during the First World War.”

This event will be staged at Grimsby Town Hall on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, 10am to 4pm on both days. For more information, visit or call North East Lincolnshire Archives on (01472) 325389.

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