Reminiscence At Rathan Court

Memories of working lives

By Marian Stanley

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This booklet was the result of five weeks reminiscence activities with the residents of Rathan Court, a sheltered housing scheme for retired people in Newhaven East Sussex.

The focus of our activities was to do with employment. We discussed  topics such as pay, conditions, uniform, hours, holidays, training, travel arrangements as well as using photographs from the 1940s and 1950s to 'jog' people's memories.

The reminiscences recorded in the booklet belong to three of the residents Winnie Keep, Winnie Day and Maurice Ralston.  All three had very different work life experiences. Winnie Keep had fascinating memories of her time as a cook in the ATS during the Second World War' Winnie Day gave us an insight into the Printing Trade and how skills could be transferred as she subsequently worked on the making of the first Music Centres and then worked in a Care Home. Maurice Ralston described his work life in engineering giving a real insight into pay and conditions during the 50s, 60s and 70s.

My thanks go to the staff and residents of Rathan Court for their co-operation during the project and particularly to Winnie Keep, Winnie Day and to the family of Maurice Ralston for their time, patience and wonderful memories.

You can read the stories of the people featured in this booklet in the Working Life section of our archive.

To read Winnie Keep's story please click here.

To read Winnie Day's story please click here.

To read Maurice Ralston's story please click here.

This page was added by John Cheves on 16/06/2009.

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