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Poole Museum showcases history of Hamworthy Engineering

A new display showcasing the work and history of Hamworthy Engineering opens at Poole Museum on Saturday 28 February.

‘Hamworthy Engineering: Building on 100 Years’ outlines the story of the company which was originally founded in Poole in 1914.
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Visitors can learn about the company’s development, its achievements and its social side as well as viewing a range of original memorabilia that will be on display.

Most people from Poole know someone who works or used to work for Hamworthy Engineering. The company grew from its modest premises on Poole Quay where it produced essential armament items during the first world war to eventually become three separate businesses; Hamworthy Heating, Wärtsilä Ship Power (formerly Hamworthy plc) and John Zink Hamworthy Combustion, global leaders for their respective marine and energy markets.

The temporary exhibit is part of Poole Museum’s ongoing programme to develop a range of community-focused exhibitions.

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: “This is a great opportunity for the local community to find out more about our local history and the organisations and groups that have played their part in making Poole the thriving town it is today.

“We are delighted that Hamworthy Engineering will be launching this series of community-focused exhibitions. We would encourage everyone to come and have a look as we celebrate Poole’s past.”

The project has taken place in partnership with staff from Wärtsilä Ship Power, Hamworthy Heating and Hamworthy Combustion Engineering Ltd. The exhibition will run until Sunday 3 May.