Business

A Head for Figures

  This story came to us through the Milk Marketing Board pensioners. (See the MMB catalogue for other stories.) After GCEs the contributor went into John Mackintosh's  (later Rowntrees) chocolate factory  in Norwich and began in the Sales Ledger office. She gives us a picture of the processes involved in an accounting department before computerisation. […]

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An entrepreneurial life

I was seventeen and I didn’t know what to do as a career. My father suggested a secretarial course as giving me more time to think. The last thing I wanted to be was a secretary but as a result of illness I was very fortunate in being asked to help out temporarily whilst I […]

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Dancing shoes and selling groceries

Pauline Spauls talks about her working life in the shoe business and keeping a shop. Pauline’s daughter Janet introduces the story: She was born around the now Hotel Nelson (Norwich) area to a very hard life. She met and married my Dad and had a shop in St John’s Street near King Street Norwich which […]

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From Beer to Print via Shoes?

I was born in 1928 and spent most of my working life in Norwich, but I did have a period when we left for pastures new and then returned to our home city. The way I'd like to approach this is how we were as families in those days when, by today's standards, we were […]

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Half a Crown and a Hearth Brush

I'd like to take you back to when you were at school, in that what age did you leave school and what influenced your decision to go into a particular type of work? Well, I went to a secondary commercial school. I left school when I was 15 and I suppose I went to the […]

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Mixed Blessings

Can I ask you, when you were at school how you made a decision about your future career, or was it decided for you? My future career was decided for me by my parents who were in the shoe industry, and I was told that I was to go into the shoe industry, and that's […]

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My Working Life 1960 – 2008

Istarted work in September 1960 having left school in the July but first some background information on my schooling. I attended Gravesend Grammar School for Boys, in those days parents had to sign to agree that their child would stay at school until the age of sixteen to do their GCE (General Certificate of Education) […]

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Payroll, contracts and the Navy reserve. (2015)

I left school originally to join the Navy, but I’ve always had a problem with my weight so that excluded me, although they did write to me every month for a year to see whether I’d lost the weight. So I was obviously fairly good to get in the Navy. However that wasn’t to be, […]

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Statistics and early computers, Colman’s 1970-80s

Michael Rymer learned computer and people skills on the job. He was one of a team introducing computerised systems to Colman’s, but was made redundant when successful implementation of the project meant that his team’s skills were no longer needed. I left school at 15 knowing I wanted to work in an office. I applied […]

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Subordinate – me? From Woman’s Own to Jarrolds.

Pat worked as a secretary for Woman’s Own in London where, aside from her secretarial duties, she was often called in to do some modelling. Following this, Pat worked for the Greek shipping company Adelphi Vergottis and the Spanish company Sigma Sewing Machines. After moving from London to Norwich and starting a family, Pat carried […]

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