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1492, TA/09/259
Talking About Technology

Speaker: Smith, Jack, 1920 - , Interviewee, Male, Metallurgist;
Speaker: Adams, C, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Gives brief outline of early life in Sawley near Long Eaton, Derbyshire. Recalls starting work at Stanton Iron works in 1935 as a junior metallurgist and studying for City and Guilds part time at Nottingham University. Describes making bomb cases at Stanton for the Ministry of Supply during the Second World War and the involvement of women in this work. Mentions use of scrap metal during war and plant's return to former research into iron pipes after the war. Recalls move to Holwell Iron Works in 1947 as a foreman in the Cupola plant. Describes production process, including importance of temperature and process that happened after melted metal left department. Recalls the items being produced. Mentions advantages of continuous casting plant and increase in number of people employed at the works. Describes the self-sufficiency and family nature of the works. Describes working conditions, strenuous nature of the work and workers reaction to new technology in late 1960s. Mentions training for operating new plant and expansion of items being made. Recalls becoming Technical Assistant to Works Manager and the hours worked. Recalls closing of foundry and retiring as Assistant Manager of Works. Reflects on belonging to company not working for it.
Place of birth: Sawley, Derbyshire
Education: Grammar school
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire, Derbyshire
Location: Town/Place: Holwell, Sawley
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Language: English

Recording Date: 28/2/2001
Playing time: 35 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: Bournemouth University
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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