Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Ball, Lillian, 1920 - , Interviewee, Female, Office accounts worker; Works Inspector; Welfare Supervisor;
Speaker: Simpson, Tom, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Describes her work at British United from 1938, first as a comptometer operator in the accounts and records department. Describes becoming an inspector on the factory floor during the Second World War, then becoming a welfare officer, and details of both these jobs. Talks about how the women on the factory floor worked and the difficulties they faced with wartime working. Mentions the trade unions getting conditions improved. Mentions living with her mother after she married and the difficulties of getting housing. Describes leaving work on maternity leave and the loss of superannuation because of this. Describes pension and health schemes. Talks about nursing training at British United and subsequent first aid training. Describes the social and sports activities at British United.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 17/6/1985
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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