Gloucester has been a centre for trade and industry since the Roman times. From megalithic industrial concerns, employing hundreds of people, to small family businesses, Gloucester has a wealth of industrial heritage. It is a microcosm of Britain’s economic history.
Gloucester At Work explores the life of this city and its people, from pre-industrial beginnings through to the present day. In a fascinating series of photographs and illustrations it takes us from the days when Gloucester had a Roman tile factory to the development of highly skilled trades during the medieval period through to the Victorian economic behemoth it became. It looks at its proud aerospace industry, particularly during the war years, through to its dwindling fortunes during the seventies and eighties. More recently Gloucester has seen an economic upsurge with the creation of digital technologies and cyber security. Gloucester at Work maps some of the contributions made by entrepreneurs, engineers, innovators and skilled tradespeople as well as the ordinary men and women who have contributed to the city’s and the nation’s wealth, by working in this great city.