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1294, EM/054
EMOHA Project

Speaker: Richardson, Leonard, 1929 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Electrician
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Describes working as an apprentice electrician in Glenfield, Leicestershire, during World War II. Outlines National Service in Germany, 1952. Talks in detail about career at power station in Leicester, mentioning time and motion study, layout of station, work shifts, civil defence, unions, social life, reasons for the station's closure, moving to work for National Grid. Talks about blackouts during miners' stikes in 1970s, keeping machinery working, anecdotes about rats, apprentices. Mentions modern gas turbines of 1970s, talks about working with high voltages.
Place of birth: Groby
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Quarry worker, crane driver
Mother's Occupation: Hosiery mender
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Language: English

Recording Date: 27/11/2002
Playing time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
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