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Visits to Dents Glove Factory Museum, where members saw many historic examples of Dents gloves and heard how they still make traditional high quality leather gloves in their award-winning modern factory, and to the Museum at Warminster Library for a virtual tour of the town.
After lunch they visited the Robey Trust site at New Perseverance Ironworks, Tavistock.
Further big projects will be necessary in the future to protect Bristol and Avonmouth from flooding in the Severn Estuary. When the conflict erupted in 1914, Lord Kitcheners call for volunteers prompted such a prodigious rush that by January 1915 one million men had signed up.
In August 1915, the 8th Viscount Chetwynd, an engineer, was tasked with building a factory to fill large shells with Amatol. It had good transport links, but a shortage of skilled workers necessitated an appeal for women, despite Chetwynds view that this was no job for a woman.
The Northern Storm Water Interceptor tunnel, built in the 1950s, is 12 km long and takes water from the Frome at Eastville and discharges it in the Avon Gorge.
Floods in Bedminster in 1968 prompted construction of the Malago River Flood Relief Tunnel.
In 1825 the Mylnes Culvert was constructed to take this flow under the Floating Harbour to discharge into the New Cut.
Major schemes have continued in the 200 years since.The resulting political crisis ended with a coalition government, with Lloyd George as Minister of Munitions.