Mixed Employment

From the public analyst’s office to books (1959-2011)

Martin had a very busy and varied life working mainly in the Cambridge area and never needed formal qualifications. Jobs ranged from laboratory work at the public analyst, paper technology, book printing and delivering pharmaceuticals in the Fens. After retiring he became a very active volunteer in North Norfolk particularly driving, social work at Voyager […]

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Growing up in the Space Age (1950s-2021)

David trained to be a teacher at Brentwood College of Education, and taught at Hellesdon High School, Acle Primary School and Neatherd High School in Norfolk. He gained a science degree from the Open University, and used his scientific knowledge and his passion for astronomy to build up an online business trading in space rocks […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Threads to bottles (1952 – 1980)

Mary worked in the thread mills and whisky bonds in Paisley. The factory work was hard and she was invalided out by the age of 50. She worked full time while bringing up her children which required a lot of strength and organisation. Her husband also worked in harsh conditions. There were good times socialising […]

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