Colman's

Mixing it up in Colman’s Baby Foods (1979-1992)

Tony was a painter and decorator and worked in the shoe industry before joining Colman’s wine department 1979 and Baby Foods in 1980. After that he worked for Kettle Chips and Grampian Foods. First job – R.G. Carter’s I left Earlham Secondary Modern School in 1967 and got a job with R G Carter’s as […]

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Packing baby foods, Colman’s (1969-1977)

Marion worked packing baby foods in Colmans from from 1969-77. She enjoyed theways of life, and has found several of her family worked at Colman’s too. Beginning in Baby Foods at age 15    I left school in July 1969 aged 15 (the age went up to 16 in 1970) and I started work in the […]

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Quality Control and Analysis, Colman’s (1985-95)

Sarah began work in Colman’s Quality Control, trained in many areas and worked across various departments including baby-food, mustard and soft drinks. She describes the many changes at the company. I first started working at Colman’s on a temporary basis in May 1985 when I was 20. Someone had broken their ankle and I was […]

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Research and development, Reckitt and Colman (1974-1998)

  Ken chose to work as a chemical engineer in the food industry and became a Head of Process Research before being approached to run the Colman Research & Development department in 1974. When I left school at age 16, the Youth Employment Office found me a position with HJ Heinz at Harlesden as a […]

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Secretary in Colman’s Transport Department (1939-1945)

Eileen started work as a secretary  in the transport department at Colman’s and experienced the wartime bombing. She met her husband ‘across a crowded room’ at Colman’s. He became Operations Director and had a long career with the firm.  I was born in Lowestoft. Mother died when I was three months old and I was […]

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Statistics and early computers. Colman’s (1970-1980s)

Michael learned computer and people skills on the job. He was one of a team introducing computerised systems to Colman’s, but was made redundant when successful implementation of the project meant that his team’s skills were no longer needed. I left school at 15 knowing I wanted to work in an office. I applied for […]

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The Colman’s steam engineer (1948-1983)

  Alan worked at Colman’s as a steam fitter and engineer and later at Eastern Counties Newspapers. I was born in 1933 and left school at 14. My first job was at Brett’s the cabinet makers – they had a little factory in Chapelfield and I went there with a load of tools my parents […]

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The oilman cometh. Colmans and after (1945 – 2010)

After a couple of stints at Colman’s saw and flour mills, Colin enjoyed driving around the county as a door-to-door salesman and later oil sales representative for a big construction company. Colman’s sawmill I started work in 1945 at J. & J. Colman’s, as it was called in those days. At the time the War […]

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