Engineering

Coachbuilding. Wood and metal to plastic (1942 – 2008)

George talks to WISEArchive about wanting to enter coachbuilding since his youth. Recounting his experience of the various jobs associated with coachbuilding including taking apart new cars and rebuild them into coach form, the changing nature of the industry, sea defences, redundancy and new lease of working life working in commercial refrigeration. Early days I […]

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Education from Experience or from College? (1970s)

Cyril expresses his opinion on whether experience or education is the key to success in the steel works. I am 84 years of age – after serving in the Navy I was employed by a large Steelworks as a Labourer. In days gone by a Labourer could work his way up the ladder of success […]

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Electrician to x-ray engineer (1967-2016)

Mark started as an electrician, went into hospital electronics and eventually became  a self-employed x-ray engineer. I went to Lakenham secondary modern, when the leaving age was fifteen. My memories of school are not particularly good. I didn’t like school and I didn’t fit in well, but for some strange reason I volunteered to stay […]

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Electronics (1950s-1980s)

Alan’s working life working life started at the age of 14 in a radio shop in North London. He had a working life in electonics, selling components and working on many projects including components for weapon systems. I am 77 years old. I was one of six children and we were quite poor- my first […]

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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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Firefighter and more (1970s-2014)

Colin was an artificer apprentice in the Navy, had many jobs in London, then worked as firefighter in London, Cambridge and Norfolk, and ended his career working for the probation service. Engineering training at Wymondham and the draw of the Navy I went to Wymondham College the year that they moved the last house out […]

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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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