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Workers at Kynoch Ltd Lion Works, Birmingham
Workers at Kynoch Ltd Lion Works, Birmingham

Workers at Kynoch Ltd Lion Works, Birmingham 1901


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Workers at Kynoch Ltd Lion Works, Birmingham 1901

4 mins United Kingdom

Most of Mitchell and Kenyon's 'factory gates' films are quite simple affairs: typically one or two shots. This unusual example, spread over two rolls of film, has familiar images of exiting workers and cheery kids framed by establishing shots and set pieces with the bosses, who clearly took a close interest in the film as a badge of status. The extra detail makes this a particularly rich portrait.

A Victorian capitalist success story, Kynoch's was strong in ammunitions-making - its productivity was no doubt boosted by the Boer wars. The company was later absorbed into ICI.




Factory workers Women workers Child labour 1900-1909 Workers Kynoch Works Munitions Birmingham


Edwardians at Work




United Kingdom



Production company

Mitchell and Kenyon

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