Doing Time Inside - Apprenticeship and Training in GWRs Swin
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GWR's Swindon Works had a proud reputation. The boast was, if you had worked in Swindon Works, you could get a job anywhere, and that meant anywhere in the world. The Works was referred to by locals as Inside, and thousands of men did time Inside for 11 decades until the swinging 60s brought changes to the way young boys trained to become modern journeymen with flexible skills. Apprenticeship was hard work and came with a lot of history and baggage. In early years the conditions and rules were awesome - including no marriage and no letting harm come to your master - but when the old ways were abandoned did it lose much of its ritual mystique? This book expresses the collective voices of the Swindon apprentices, recording the life of apprenticeship and how it changed, the differences between apprenticeships, the good times and the rotten jobs. Including many first-hand accounts and unpublished photographs, this fascinating book will appeal to the thousands of workers who remember this period with affection.
|Publication Date||14 Apr 2011|
|Publication Status||Out of print|