Entertainment and Media

A Journalist at Last! (1952 – 2009)

Marion’s ambition was always to be a journalist. She worked for many years in Essex covering all kinds of stories. In 1986 she moved to Norfolk and immediately became a correspondent for the local newspaper. Her love of history and writing led her to write local history books and to preserve her family’s history for […]

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A long way home (1970s – 2018)

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 (1985 – 2003)

Diane worked for the BBC and Anglia Television in Norwich in the late 20th century. She did bookkeeping and worked the autocue. It could be very exciting, like the time when the news of release of the hostage John McCarthy had to be held back till the last moment.  It was all very interesting, fascinating […]

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Career choices – art and music (1955-2012)

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 was a signwriter and an […]

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Civicus – he never turned anyone away (1950-1977)

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 articles for the Eastern Daily Press and the North Norfolk News. And every week he had deadlines to meet. One of his tasks was to write a column […]

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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 (1942-2013)

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 (1940s – 1960s)

Peter began work at the Midlands Bank at 16 before the war. At the same time, he was the compare of a concert party playing for the troops. He took part in the Normandy invasion. Eventually he became a professional musician on the London scene in the 1960s. My first job was as a clerk […]

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The costume designer (1950s-1970s)

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 Norfolk piano tuner (1976-2020)

Julie talks about how she got into her unusual career as a piano tuner and her role in founding a brewery with her husband. Well, I’m a Norfolk girl, and a pub girl, through and through. I was born in 1960 in the Hockering Victoria. I come from generations of Huguenots on my father’s side. […]

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