The story of the Navvies and how they changed the landscape of Cumbria & South West Scotland
Britain's industrial development required substantially improved communications starting with the building of a vast network of canals in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. A huge new workforce of labourers was required and many of these came across from Ireland in search of work. They became known as Navvies and this talk will examine their story by looking at a few selected examples of their work in Cumbria and South west Scotland culminating in the construction of the Greatest Munitions Factory in the World on the Anglo-Scottish border.
By John Anstey
Talks start at 1pm in the Lecture Theatre
Tullie House Museum, & Art Gallery Trust, Castle Street, Carlisle CA3 8TP