Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Wells, Hilda, - , Interviewee, Female, Engineering factory worker; Housekeeper; Ward maid;
Speaker: Simpson, T., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls work at a hospital in Norfolk as a ward maid before moving to Leicester in domestic service as a nanny, then housekeeper. Describes duties as a housekeeper and how these became more difficult with evacuees being billeted during the Second World War. Recalls decision to move into industry and war work, first at Vickers Armstrong, then the General Electric Company (GEC). Describes other moves to Gent, and Partridge Wilson, where she stayed for twenty five years. Describes making aircraft skins at Vickers Armstrong and the shifts worked. Talks about becoming a trade union member and how work was broken down to reduce the skill needed. Talks about time and motion being introduced in the 1950s.
Place of birth: Norfolk
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire, Norfolk
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 18/6/1985
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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