Medical

Caring for People. The Auxiliary Nurse. (2012)

This is an inspirational story about a gentleman who later in his working life found his vocation as a member of the caring community at a unit for younger chronic sick people. "I've worked in Colmans, I've worked on a milk round, I've worked in a shoe factory, I've worked in a market garden. I've […]

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From cradle to grave

When I first left school after my A levels, I took up a job as a nursing auxiliary, as they were called then, a healthcare assistant now, at the local community hospital where I was living at Felixstowe, the Felixstowe General. I worked as a health nursing auxiliary there and got lots of experience for […]

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From domestic science to homeopathy – an alternative working life

Margaret went to domestic science college after leaving school in 1957, but found her real vocation much later in life in homeopathy which she practiced until retiring in 2015. In between these points her roles have included admin, cleaning, running the pastry side of a restaurant, shop work and ten years as a dental nurse. […]

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From Nursing to Pharmaceuticals

Mary Dalrymple speaks to WISEArchive about working as a child during WWII picking potatoes and then entering a special programme for training young nurses. She recounts the time when tuberculosis was common and her continuing training at Charing Cross, London. Marriage and children followed and a career change to a more secretarial role after spending […]

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From Plants to Patients (2009)

I was born in Swanton Morley in 1936, and I went to school in Swanton Morley and East Dereham High School for Girls, which is now Netherd High. My first job was in Horticulture, and I worked at that for about 5 years until circumstances led me back to Swanton Morley and back home, and […]

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Marshland memories (1961-2005)

I was being brought up on a farm with my family. The youngest of five children. And both sides of grandparents were farmers too. Both of whom were very interested in having their daughters educated which going back to the early 1900s was perhaps a bit surprising, in that sense. It’s perhaps difficult to identify […]

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Movies to Medicine (2012)

At 16 our contributor got the train to London and found herself working for Assoc Brit Pathe. Then she got a job at Elstree and met all the stars. She typed scripts for The Dam Busters – and did the publicity for the stars – very creative! She later became a production secretary in films […]

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My life as a nurse 1965-2009

Sue trained as a nurse in the 1960s and retired in 2009. During this time she worked in many different areas of nursing. She describes her training and various roles, including working on medical wards, being a nursery matron, working in general practice and the early days of NHS Direct and comments on how things […]

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