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Alcan/Rio Tinto Oral History Project

In 2011 it was announced that the Rio Tinto (formerly Alcan) aluminium smelter at Lynemouth in south-east Northumberland was to close after nearly 40 years of production. The plant was a major employer in the area and the establishment of the plant in 1974 had been a major success in attracting quality employers to an area where the majority industry was formerly coalmining. Northumberland Archives is currently running an oral history project to record the reminiscences of about 30 former employees, many of whom were longstanding employees. Our project seeks to record the memories of those working in different areas of the business.

This project has been made possible by financial support provided by the Rio Tinto Group.