Mixed Employment

A bit of this and a bit of that (1975-2013)

Beverley worked in an old people’s home, a coffee shop and a bakery. Later, she worked as a cleaner and a chambermaid which she enjoyed as the people were good to her. When I left school at 16, I started a job in an old people’s home in Colchester. I used to make their cup […]

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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 (1941-1987)

Peter was a Bevin Boy who stayed on working in the mines and ended up as a publican. I was fourteen years old when I left school in 1941. My first job was an ironmonger’s errand boy for six months before I went to work for a baker on a bread round. I delivered bread […]

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Bombs, ghosts and garlic (1945-1997)

Marjorie shares memories of her wonderfully varied working life as a machinist, doctors’ maid, schools cook, solicitor’s filing clerk and Norwich Castle museum attendant, and more besides. Early life during World War Two I was born in Norwich in 1931. I went to St. Augustine’s School which was bombed in the April, during the blitz […]

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Confectioner by trade, chiropodist by profession (1956-2013)

Julie started in catering, learning confectionary in Switzerland, and when her family was older changed course and trained to become a chiropodist. College and working in catering I left school when I was 16 and went to City College for a hotel and catering course. I learnt to do cooking and waitering. There used to […]

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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 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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From the office to peeling onions (1955-1997)

Janet worked as a typist at a building company and for a tea merchants before having a family. Later she got paid by the tray, peeling onions for pickling. Typing and baling I left school at the age of 15 and I went to work at Melton and Sons, a building company at Beetley. There […]

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