Munitions Workers in World War Two

Richard Marks

South East
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Paid: £60 plus travel @45p per mile up to 30 miles from Reading
22nd June 2022
World War 2 | Aircraft | Women In History | Home Front

Industrial historian Richard Marks looks at the role of Britain's munitions workers during World War Two and the companies involved in war work. This talk will examine the efforts of Britain's workforce during the war, who they were and what they did. It will explore how British businesses changed to support the war effort and what it meant to the people who worked in industry. Discover the importance of some industries which at first sight would seem to have nothing to offer to the war effort...just what was the connection between Britain's furniture makers and one of the finest aircraft of World War Two, the De Havilland Mosquito ?

This talk can be run in conjunction with Munitions Workers in World War One as a two part programme.

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About Richard Marks

I am a published historian based in Berkshire who specialises in industrial and railway history and the history of science. My current areas of research are the aircraft and systems of the RAF, industrial development in the Victorian period, and the development of the railway and canal systems in Britain in the mid to late 19th Century. I am currently researching a PhD in economic history and am a tutor with the WEA.

My talks appeal to a broad range of audiences and sizes of groups. I’m happy to adapt the length and format for your requirements. My aim is to educate and entertain, leaving the audience with a new perspective and wanting to learn more.

A 20 year career in technology, working with British and international manufacturing companies has given me a unique perspective as an historian.

Feedback from previous talks: "Richard had clearly done a massive amount of research and preparation. He is an excellent presenter very knowledgeable and engaging speaker. It was informative and thought provoking."

"I found the whole subject fascinating and wanted to learn more."

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