The Horizon Factory


Objects related to the Horizon Factory.

Opened in 1972 and costing £14 million, the factory was positioned in the Lenton area of Nottingham and occupied a 45-acre sight. It had a state-of-the-art energy system, which used North Sea gas, and had its own bank, shops and canteen. By 1974, the factory was producing 100 million cigarettes a day.

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Footage shot by Associated Television for a news piece about the opening of the Horizon factory at the start of 1972.The opening shot shows the new factory in the snow, whilst subsequent shots show workers and machinery in the primary and secondary…

In 1969, John Player & Sons looked to have a film made about their new Horizon factory, which was then being built. As the company put it, the film would function 'to encourage employees to look objectively and favourably on the Horizon operation…

Minton Jar Produced for Horizon's Opening
A photograph of a Minton jar made for the opening of John Player & Sons' Horizon factory. Specially designed and made for the occasion by the Royal Doulton Tableware Group. Each employee received one on the opening of Horizon in November 1972.


Horizon Special Issue of Player's Post
Player's Post, the staff newspaper of John Player & Sons, ran a special issue in April 1969 in which the company unveiled plans for the new Horizon factory to be built in the Lenton area of Nottingham. The issue revealed the facilities the new…

Photograph of Primary Control Room
Photograph of Tony Wardle's desk in the primary control room within the Horizon factory.

Photograph of Primary Control Room
Two men at work in the primary control room at the Horizon factory.

Photograph of the Primary Control Room
A photograph of Colin Fossey and Tom in the Primary Control Room at the Horizon factory.

Photograph of Marketing and General Sales Unit
A female worker is surrounded by picture cards which are being sent out to customers who are collecting sets. The reverse of the photograph identifies her as Joan Booth.

Photograph of Distribution
Photograph showing Superkings and Embassy lorries outside the Horizon factory depot.

Photograph of Print Room
Three workers standing and doing printing work on individual machines at Horizon. A lady can be seen at her desk, in the background. Notes on the back of the photograph name them as (from left to right) Jason Price, Jack Eaton, Tresa Bates and Lesley…
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