Mixed Employment

Jill of all trades. A Norfolk girl. (1940s-2013)

Joyce started off working for the Telephone Manager in Norwich and afterwards worked for British Telecom, including on the telephone directory. In later life she became involved with Colney Wood burial park and fell into grief counselling supporting people in their bereavement. Wartime childhood and village life I was born just a few yards from […]

Continue Reading

Many Skills, Many Interests (2009)

I wonder if I could take you back to when you were coming up to your last year at school, your age then and what you had in mind for the future as a career. I wanted to work in pathology. Pathology. Yes, medical laboratory technician as it was then and … my mother was […]

Continue Reading

My Odd Jobs (1950s-1960s)

David shares his experiences of earning pocket money prior to his proper job, and even during it! In order to support his interests he sang, he delivered, he waited and much much more. Church and boy I had perhaps a dozen boy jobs, or odd jobs, before a proper job. I learned at a very […]

Continue Reading

Short and sweets! (1970-1972)

Susan recalls working on iconic confectionery at Rowntree Mackintosh in Norwich while the smell of chocolate permeated the city. Starting on the Weekend belt I went to school in Loddon and left in 1970. I went to work at Mackintosh’s because there was a free bus service from Beccles, through Loddon, all the way to […]

Continue Reading

The Dye House and the Grocery Business (2010)

Born in 1920, at 14 the contributor started work in Wolsey's textile laboratory in Leicester. He was called up in 1940 and trained as wireless operator. He then went back into the textile trade as a dyer. He recalls the steam, heat, noise and smells of the dyeing process. Later he opened a country shop […]

Continue Reading

The Trail Blazer (2008)

I was seventeen. I was supposed to go to university but the war was on and my mother was a widow and I really thought it was unfair of me to demand so much more money out of her for a degree, and it was a different atmosphere in the war anyway, I left at […]

Continue Reading

Threads to bottles

I was born in Paisley in January 1935. How many were in the family? Just my mum and dad and myself. Did you have any brothers and sisters later? No. Do you think, did your parents want to have any more children? I think they wanted to but it just didn’t happen according to what […]

Continue Reading

When I look back – gardening stories (1936-1990s)

When I first left school, I went straight to work! I became a gardener-porter at the maternity – the only facility we had in the city at the time – at Heigham Grove, a lovely old Georgian -Victorian building which was mostly for hospital confinements but also it had an annexe which had six qualified […]

Continue Reading