Engineering

Electronics (2008)

 TVs and electronic components, digital telephones, the Sinclair C5 electric trike, BBC computer, fuses for various weapon systems, radio systems for the army, and the only nuclear proof chip for the Navy …

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Engineering – the biker chick (1963-2008)

Ruth recalls her working life in the engineering world and her lifelong interest in motorbikes – a true biker chick!  On leaving school – from pressing clothes to pressing metal I left school when I was fifteen and went to work at Alston’s farm, cycling from Edingthorpe to Witton to get there. I did domestic […]

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Forty years of teaching (1969-2010)

Iona talks about her varied working life, spanning forty years, in teaching, at her husband’s hydraulics business, and as a volunteer. As a child I helped pick strawberries and broad beans in the fields around Cawston where I lived. We moved to Norwich when I was ten. In the summer of 1969, after GCEs, I […]

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From spanner to ‘scape wheel. Mechanic to watchmaker (1951-1999)

Gordon trained as mechanic with the REME, with whom he served in Germany. After working briefly for Mann Egerton’s in Norwich he trained as a horologist at the Government Training Centre in Letchworth. He ran his own watchmaking shop on Elm Hill, Norwich, for 30 years before retiring on 31st December 1999. At school; first […]

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Inside industry (1932-1985)

Henry learned the engineering trade on the job and dedicated his working life to the study of the workplace. He implemented many innovations and improved work conditions for efficiency and for the workers in various industrial settings. Studying the workplace I first started work in 1932, on a farm owned by my brother-in-law. I was […]

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It’s not a normal day! The offshore industry.

John talks about his life working in the Great Yarmouth offshore industry The early days I left school at seventeen and my first job was at Fellows & Company in Great Yarmouth. I started in the general office and from there I worked in stores control, picking up tickets issued to the various sections in […]

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Life at Reckitt and Colmans (1943-1987) (original version)

This account of a happy childhood, adolescence and working life within the Colmans community will stir many memories. Do you remember the Carrow ‘Steam Horn', the railway and Alpha and Beta, the dark days of the bombings, the works canteen and the Carrow Abbey Dining Room? The contributor, who was employed at Reckitt and Colmans […]

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Mechanic and diesel fitter (2012)

The contributor started as a tractor mechanic apprentice at Mann Egerton in Norwich and carried out repairs on farms. He went on to join the gas board as a fitter looking after the stationary pumping engines at Gas Hill Norwich and then gas board vehicles in Roundtree Way.

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