Willans Works catalogue goes online

The catalogue for the Willans Works archives at Warwickshire County Record Office (WCRO) is now available online via the Warwickshire’s Past Unlocked web page. Funding for the two-year Boaters &…

Boaters & Bright Sparks exhibition at Rugby

The Boaters & Bright Sparks project at Warwickshire County Record Office (WRCO) to catalogue and conserve the engineering and power generation records of the Willans Works site in Rugby has…

The Willans Works At War

Some of the volunteers working on the Boaters And Bright Sparks project at Warwickshire County Record Office to catalogue the Willans Works engineering archives have looked at what the Rugby…

From Thames Ditton to the world

The records of the Willans Works engineering site at Rugby, which are being catalogued by Warwickshire County Record Office as part of its Boaters & Bright Sparks project, show how the…

Boats and bells

The Willans Works engineering site at Rugby, now part of the Alstom group, has not only been involved with land-based power generation, but also with sea vessels. Willans & Robinson, the company…

The people behind the inventions

The worldwide impact in the power generation industry made by people associated with the Willans Works engineering site at Rugby is shown by its archives, being catalogued at Warwickshire County…

A royal visit to Rugby in 1967

English Electric’s Willans Works in Rugby had very important visitors on 12 May 1967 when The Queen and Prince Philip were given a guided tour of the engineering and power…

High-wires, trampolines and motor bikes

Staff working at the Willans Works engineering site in Rugby had plenty of entertainment laid on for them during the annual company gala days. The archives of the works are being catalogued at…

Keeping the workforce happy (and fit)

Although the products or services from a company help sales and make reputations it also has to be remembered that the people working for that company are just as important.…

A corner of Belgium in Rugby

Following the German invasion of Belgium in August 1914 at the start of the First World War thousands of Belgians fled to the UK. Some of them came to Rugby…

How records survive

The Project Archivist is able to work on the records held at Warwickshire County Record Office relating to the Willans Works engineering site at Rugby because someone made the effort…

An American in Rugby

One pleasing aspect of cataloguing the records of Rugby-based engineering firm Willans & Robinson and its successors that are held at Warwickshire County Record Office is that details on the…

The importance of volunteers

Cataloguing the Willans Works archive material at Warwickshire County Record Office for the Boaters And Bright Sparks project is revealing some interesting facts, and this work is being greatly enhanced…

What is Boaters And Bright Sparks?

Welcome to the blog for the Boaters And Bright Sparks project, an initiative that is cataloguing the records held at Warwickshire County Record Office of engineering firm Willans & Robinson…