Engineering

Electronics (2008)

 TVs and electronic components, digital telephones, the Sinclair C5 electric trike, BBC computer, fuses for various weapon systems, radio systems for the army, and the only nuclear proof chip for the Navy …

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Engineering – a vocation not just a job

I was born in Chingford, Essex, my father was a commissioned officer in the army and my mother was a comptometer operator until she had me. My father unfortunately was a fatality in the closing months of the war, in the Ardennes. As a young war widow my mother moved with her parents to Lowestoft […]

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Engineering – the biker chick

When I first left school I biked from Edingthorpe to Witton and I worked at Alston’s farm, I did domestic work. I did lots of things – I did the cleaning, the cooking, and sometimes having to look after Mrs Alston even to dress at times. Feeding the cats and feed the dogs. Had to […]

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Forty years of teaching

Iona Folliard talks about her varied working life, spanning forty years, in teaching, at her husband’s hydraulics business, and as a volunteer. As a child I helped pick strawberries and broad beans in the fields around Cawston where I lived. We moved to Norwich when I was ten. In the summer of 1969, after GCEs, […]

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From Blacksmith to College Lecturer (2013)

P. began his working life with a paper-route and a job in the local bake-house. After finishing school in the mid-1950s, he began working as a farm mechanic and then enrolled as an engineering apprentice with a local agricultural firm. An American corporation, the company allowed him to travel all over Britain – and some areas of […]

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From spanner to ‘scape wheel (2013)

G. worked in a garage and decided he wanted to be a motor mechanic. At 17 he volunteered for REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) and looked after lorries and jeeps in Germany. Later, a motor-bike accident meant a change of career and he trained in horology at Letchworth.  He did watchmaking and repairs for […]

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Inside Industry (2013)

H. was born in 1918 and moved to London in the 1930s, where he worked in engineering. Despite the effects of four years active service in the Royal Navy, where he was sunk twice, he had a long and rewarding career in industry, mainly in work study. "I studied anything from a BSA multidrill machine […]

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It’s not a normal day! The offshore industry.

John Tennant talks about his life working in the Great Yarmouth offshore industry The early days I left school at seventeen and my first job was at Fellows & Company in Great Yarmouth. I started in the general office and from there I worked in stores control, picking up tickets issued to the various sections […]

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Life at Reckitt and Colmans (1943-1987) (original version)

This account of a happy childhood, adolescence and working life within the Colmans community will stir many memories. Do you remember the Carrow ‘Steam Horn', the railway and Alpha and Beta, the dark days of the bombings, the works canteen and the Carrow Abbey Dining Room? The contributor, who was employed at Reckitt and Colmans […]

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