Talking About Technology
Speaker: Ward, David, 1947 - , Interviewee, Male, Site Director;
Speaker: Robinson, A, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Gives details of background, education and starting work at Holwell Iron Works in 1969. Notes progression of jobs at the iron works. Describes role of Works Engineer and how the company developed after privatization in 1985. Mentions reduction of workforce due to automation, redesign and capital investment. Describes in detail retirement scheme and agreements with trade unions. Describes rationalization of production process, including introduction of conveyor system. Describes paternalistic nature of Holwell’s and selling off of sports facilities. Mentions was Chairman of school Governors and sports facilities. Describes new role at Head Office. Mentions new areas of work including technical improvements to product.
Place of birth: Ilkeston, Derbyshire
Education: Salford University
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Butcher
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Melton Mowbray
Periods Covered: 1960s,1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
Recording Date: 5/3/2002
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: Bournemouth University
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