Former Aveling Barford workers roll into reunion at Grantham Museum

Displays on show during an Aveling Barford reunion at Grantham Museum.
Displays on show during an Aveling Barford reunion at Grantham Museum.
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About 120 people attended a reunion of Aveling Barford staff at Grantham Museum.

Former employees from all over the area turned out for the event, bringing with them a host of memorabilia from the company’s rich heritage, including hats, mugs and old engineering books.

Former workers could browse displays and reminisce.

Former workers could browse displays and reminisce.

A collection of old photographs was also collated, dating from the 1940s to the very last days of the company.

The event was also the perfect time for workers to catch up with one another and reminisce about the company’s past.

Part of the museum’s Made in Grantham exhibition, which will continue until Saturday September 12, the event was sparked by some unseen Aveling Barford films brought to the attention of museum volunteers by ex-employee Paul Dodd.

Mr Dodd said after the reunion: “The feedback I had was excellent, with many people seeing folk for the first time in years.”

Displays on show during an Aveling Barford reunion at Grantham Museum.

Displays on show during an Aveling Barford reunion at Grantham Museum.

Museum exhibitions director Christine Robbins said: “Paul told us that there had been talk in the past of an Aveling Barford reunion, but that nothing had ever come of it.

“We decided that we could easily host and promote a reunion.

“Six of the museum volunteers facilitated the event, at which there was quite literally standing room only.”

Museum volunteer Dolly Jenkinson said: “If we needed any justification for having a museum in Grantham, this was it.”

Displays on show during an Aveling Barford reunion at Grantham Museum.

Displays on show during an Aveling Barford reunion at Grantham Museum.

Helen Goral, museum director, added: “The event was fantastic, it was a huge success. People have already been asking about doing another one.”

Though the museum has no other events of this kind planned at present, there are other local exhibitions on the horizon.

This includes Embroidery into the 20th Century, which will run in partnership with the Embroiderers’ Guild, Grantham. This opens on Thursday, September 17.

Established in 1933, Aveling Barford was one of the town’s largest employers in the last century, known internationally for its road rollers and dumper trucks.