Nuts & Bolts

A Collaboration between The New Britain Industrial Museum & Central Connecticut State University

“Stories from New Britain Manufacturing”

For most of the 20th century the American Dream was outfitted by items that were either made in New Britain, contained New Britain components or made on a New Britain machine. The Nuts & Bolts exhibit honors this legacy by combining images of items manufactured in New Britain with the words of people who worked for New Britain manufacturers.

The Exhibition

CCSU writing students conducted and transcribed the interviews and CCSU Graphic / Information Design students photographed items from the museum’s collection. The design department also designed the exhibit at Gallery 66 where words and images were combined to communicate what it was like to work in New Britain.

The Nuts & Bolts exhibit is supported by Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Hear the voices of New Britain manufacturing as broadcast July 1 on WPNR’s Where We Live (New Britain interviews start at 36:53)


Read interviews written by CCSU English Students of former employees of New Britain manufacturers


Photography by CCSU Design Department students and staff.

OBJECTS photographed by Stephanie Nobert


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PORTRAITS photographed by Stephanie Nobert, Lili Chin and Paola Baiz