The archive is an ever expanding collection of stories about a wide range of jobs, and the people who did them. The earliest describe work before the outbreak of World War II and talk about pay and conditions as well as the attitudes prevalent at the time. Subsequent stories show how work and attitudes have evolved – but not always for the better!

To search for a story or a subject:

Type keywords in the search box: eg farmers, farming, and the stories will appear on the left of the desktop screen or above the search boxes on mobiles

OR to search quickly through a specific category, click on the category in the archive, eg Agriculture, then click on the empty ‘Choose a story’ box and scroll through the stories in the dropdown box 

OR if you know the title of a story; EITHER click on the appropriate category then enter the title in ‘Choose a story’ and click on Search OR click on any header at the top of the page eg HOME to clear all searches, then enter the title in ‘Choose a story’.