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1498, TA/15
Talking About Technology

Speaker: Gunby, Edward, 1937 - , Interviewee, Male, Carpenter;
Speaker: Young, G., Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls early life during war, parents and schooling, including vocational nature of last two years at school. Mentions father worked at Midland Wood so he was apprenticed there. Recalls dangerous environment of workplace and details apprenticeship and tools. Details making kitchen units, including different components and other items made after training. Mentions National Service in Pioneer Platoon as joiner and service in Cyprus. Recalls work for builders E. Clarke & Sons as a joiner working on Royal Air Force Accommodation before returning to Midland Wood for more money. Describes assembling staircases, processes such as bullnose step, and changes in design. Recalls men who dispatched stairs and assembly on site. Details mechanization from 1970s, exports, and types of wood and changes in wood used. Mention increase in workforce and becoming a Trouble- shooter for faults.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Melton Mowbray
Periods Covered: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s,
Language: English

Recording Date: 2/3/2002
Playing time: 1 hr 20 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: Bournemouth University
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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