Forgotten trade from Leyland

A 1930s senior management group from Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Company showing Harry Sharp, now works manager, smoking a pipe.

A 1930s senior management group from Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Company showing Harry Sharp, now works manager, smoking a pipe.

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Local historians have joined forces with UCLan students and the British Commercial Vehicles Museum for a look back at one of Leyland’s forgotten industries.

Visitors are being welcomed to a special presentation on April 11 which will tell the history of the Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Company.

Leyland Historical Society together with Peter Ostenfeld from Nufox, who took over the business and workforce and Alix Green from UCLAN have spent the past six months on the special project.

Their research has uncovered a wealth of material on the history of the firm and the workforce including interviews with ex-employees.

South Ribble Museum are set to hold an exhibition later this year with the help of former staff member Ron Christopher, who will also share his knowledge at the free event at the Civic Centre, West Paddock in Leyland at 7.30pm on Monday.