Nicholson, Dorothy A (Oral history)

Catalogue number
  • 20177
Department
Sound
Production date
1984-07-17
Subject period
Dimensions
  • whole: Duration 60, Number Of Items 2
Alternative names
  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: recording
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sound

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Object description

British civilian worked as inspector in shell shop and in charge of Deliveries Dept and Control Dept at Swan Hunter shipyard, Tyneside, GB, 1916-1954.

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REEL 1: Aspects of period as inspector in shell shop at Swan Hunter shipyard, Wallsend, Tyneside, 1916-1918: location of shell shop in engine works; calibre and number of shells produced a week; story of attending interview for job as shell inspector age 17, 1916; story of leaving school after refusing to learn German; employment of all women workforce in shell shop; description of work inspecting 8-inch howitzer shell cases on assembly line; number of women inspectors in team; description of component parts of shell; wages and working hours; description of journey to work from home in East Boldon; shift system; story of wanting to be a nurse; description of other work done by women in shipyard; story of being put in charge of Deliveries Department, 9/1918. Aspects of period in charge of Deliveries Dept and Control Dept at Swan Hunter shipyard, Wallsend, Tyneside, GB, 1918-1954: description of organising delivery system and work rotas; opinion of staff; attitude to work; description of voluntary social work during Depression and post-Second World War; further description of role in charge of Deliveries Department and Control Department, including explanation of progress system; liaison with foremen and managers; regularly attended ship launches; effect of Depression on work in shipyard; further comments on voluntary social work. REEL 2 Continues: comparison of living conditions during Depression with 1980s; family life before and during Second World War; question of job security during Depression; aptitude for type of work in Control Office; reason for taking early retirement, 1954; work pension; reason for small number of women employed in shipyard during Depression.

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