Gateway Object: Warehouse

Warehouse, image dominated by packing table featuring packaged items and items ready for packaging


The Warehouse was place where finished products were packed and stored ready for dispatch. In the Warehouse today, we can see a wide range of products in various stages of packing. Newman Brothers prided itself on the quality of its packaging. First goods were carefully wrapped in brown paper, then placed into cardboard boxes which were often had brightly coloured labels on, colour coded for quality and product type.

Goods for dispatch would be sent down to the ground floor Post Room by means of a hand-operated hoist. The hoist is may be an original feature of the factory and is still in full working order today. The hoist mechanism can be seen in the Shroud Room image on the left.

The workers in the Warehouse were mainly women and were amongst the poorest paid in the factory. Nevertheless, many of them, such as Dolly Dunsby, the Warehouse Manager, were strong characters.


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