School Resource Packs: Cork 1912-1918

Resource Pack 8: 1917 Ford Factory

3 Cork City & County Archives: Through War and Rebellion: Cork 1912-1918

Throughout its existence Cork City Council has played the lead role in developing and managing the city and its fabric, including its public buildings, roads, water services, social housing, and public spaces, and in governing, planning, and promoting the city as a regional capital, a centre of business, a tourist attraction, and, above all, a home for its citizens. Many Corporation minutes and other records were transferred to Cork City and County Archives from 1985 on. Unfortunately, all but one original Corporation minute book prior to 1900 were destroyed during the fire at Cork Courthouse in 1891, and some later minutes and other records were destroyed during the burning of Cork in Dec 1920. As the designated local government archives service for Cork city and county (under the Local Government Act 2001) Cork City and county Archives is the official repository for historic records of Cork City and County Councils, Town councils, and predecessor bodies, such as the Boards of Guardians which ran Cork’s workhouses. The Document: This is quite an important document in the collection as it is about the arrival of Cork’s largest employer for most of the 20th century, the Ford Motor Company. Virtually every family in Cork has at least one member who worked in Fords, or in Dunlops Tyre Factory which was built across the road in 1935. The two firms employed almost 5,550 men and women (90/10 ratio) at their height but their closure within months of each other in 1984 brought economic devastation to the city.

This document, taken from a City Engineer’s report, is about how the Ford factory came into being.


1. Read through the document 2. Highlight the names of people, sentences, or words you do not understand. 3. Highlight any words you cannot read. 4. Fill in the recording sheet supplied and attach it to the document 5. Optional: This is a quick quiz below about the contents of the document which will allow the student to test their comprehension and observation skills. 6. Store the completed work as directed by your teacher. 7. Outline how you would arrange a visit to the Archives to consult original records

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