Entertainment and Media

A Journalist at Last!

From the age of 10 I wanted to be a journalist and I continued wanting to be a journalist, but when it was coming up to leaving school at 15 if you mentioned that it was akin to saying “Ooh I want to be a film star”! Anyway I was determined I was going to […]

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A long way home (1970s to present)

Eileen worked in a variety of roles, including Hilton Davis Chemicals, with an interior designer, CBS record company, United Newspapers, British Ship Builders and in Germany and the Netherlands. In Norfolk, she volunteered at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich and is now doing her best work ever, editing the Mattishall People’s Magazine. Getting a passport […]

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Behind the Scenes in Broadcasting

Can you just give an outline of what you did at the BBC? I worked for Radio Norfolk, doing their books, only payments and things, for 13 years and from there I did part time across the road in television, where I did autocue. You were with BBC Television? Yes, doing the news bulletins, Look […]

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Career Choices – Art and Music

Career choices: art and music David had a fascinating career as a musician, artist and stone carver. He is well known for his sculptures on the porch of Norwich Cathedral, but here he talks about his life alternating music, graphic design and even a stint as a brush salesman. Growing up with music My dad […]

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Civicus – he never turned anyone away

The story of a civic minded family who were the centre for newsgathering in North Walsham, Norfolk Dad was a staff reporter. He also used to write for the EDP (Eastern Daily Press)  and North Norfolk News all his life. And every week he had a deadline to meet, because he had to write this […]

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Dancing down the years (2016)

I was born in 1931 in Union Street, Norwich. I lived there with my mother until she moved to Victoria Street, near the Norfolk and Norwich hospital, and my mother was there for 39 years. My father was in the army for nearly all his life, from when he was young until he passed away, […]

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Entertainer and all round worker

D was born in 1925. She worked in many well-know Norwich firms, including shoe firms, Caley’s., Mackintoshes and Sainsbury’s the first supermarket in Norwich. Living conditions in her childhood were “like Dickens” but still everyone was friendly. D loved to sing and supported herself while in a group by working in a hotel so she […]

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From Banking to Music

Well, my first job, was employment as a clerk at the Head Office of the Midlands Bank in London. I had just left school, so I was sixteen. I was in the premises department, which was looking after all the Midlands Bank buildings all over the country. It might be of interest that the Midlands […]

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The costume designer (1950s-70s)

Although Elizabeth wanted to be a fashion designer she became a costume designer for theatre and the BBC where she worked on many iconic shows of the 1950s and ’60s, researching period costume and looking after the wardrobe staff while filming.  Starting out I left art school in Oxford with my qualification, which was not […]

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The Norwich Talking Newspaper: Chatterbox

Starting up I was one of the founders of “Chatterbox”, the Norwich talking newspaper. I would like to begin at the very beginning of the talking newspaper service. In the early sixties, an Essex gentleman called Ron met up with a young blind man called Jack. Occasionally he would go and visit Jack and he […]

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