In pictures: Manchester’s WWI innovation race

Manchester’s response to the munitions crisis of 1915 comes under the spotlight this month in an exhibition of artefacts, photographs and documents at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.


Among the pieces on display are a selection of original diaries, company archives, sketches and letters from Oldham factory owner and electrical engineer Sebastian de Ferranti, whose domestic goods factory began producing shells and fuses in wartime. Some of the images from the Ferranti factory are shown below.


The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War is on show at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, from 28 March. Admission is free. For more information, visit the museum’s website at