Mixed Employment

A bit of this and a bit of that

When I left school I had a job in an old people’s home. I used to make their cup of tea of a morning, and then get the trays ready, put all the breakfast stuff on. We used to take the breakfast stuff to them, and then after that we used to wash and wipe […]

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A Life of Service to Others (2009)

If we go back to when you were at your last school – can you start from there as to what helped you to make a decision about your future? In those days when you were 11 you went to the top school and I used to have to cycle. And how far was that? […]

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Bevin Boy, miner and publican (2013)

At 18, baker’s delivery boy Peter was called up as a Bevin Boy to work in the mines during the second world war. Although he would have preferred to be in the Navy, he stayed in the colliery trade, learning to be a shot firer and getting his deputy’s papers with his own coal-face to […]

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Bombs, Ghosts and Garlic (2014)

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Rather than pursuing a particular career, many of the women who tell us their stories worked for a series of employers.  After a Norwich wartime childhood Marjorie began work making soldiers' uniforms and then "toe puffs" and "wood heels" for shoes. Wanting to spread her wings […]

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Confectioner by Trade, Chiropodist by Profession. (2013)

  J learned cooking and waitering at college and was heartbroken when she had to make soup from a packet in her first job in a canteen. And “you couldn’t get a job, a proper job in a hotel because that was only men in the kitchens.” She worked in many cafes and bakeries in Norwich, then […]

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From Colman’s to Caring (2009)

Jennifer (b. 1939) was interviewed for WISEArchive on April 16th 2009.  An edited version was prepared in 2015 for WISEArchive’s Heritage Lottery Colman’s Project and can be found in the Colman’s archive.  

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From Heating & Plumbing to the Prison Service (2008)

Living in London, in Hackney, and left school at the fairly early age of 15 years, in 1955. Just prior to leaving school, I used to do a job after school working in a fish shop I used to do the potatoes, chips and that and used to earn about 23 shillings a week, for […]

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From Secretary to Town Mayor. A life in community service (2011)

The contributor worked as a secretary in North Walsham agricultural engineering businesses in the 1950s. She left regular work to bring up her family and did fruit-picking, working in the canning and mushroom factories and in the school office. She became very involved in community and charity fund raising and ran countless events, raising hundreds […]

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From Tailoring to Occupational Therapy (2008)

When I left school at fourteen, I lived in London year 1941, during the war. I became a machinist. At the start I used to make uniforms or part of uniforms for the RAF. Then when was finished in 45, I went in tailoring. Also during the war I was a welder, I had to […]

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