Melville-Brodie Retired Engineers Club - Meeting 21 August 2013

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Project Field Recordings

Summary

First inteview with Douglas Reid secretary of the  Melville-Brodie Retired Engineers Club. Meeting at Locherlour  describing their jobs as apprentices at the Melville-Brodie Engineering company, Kirkicaldy, Fife period 1950's

Specifications

  • Kirkcaldy and district, Fife
  • Fieldworker: Margaret Bennett
  • Audio Format: Wav file, Digital recording/ Eridol
  • Transcribed: Hazel Cameron
  • Publication: They Taught Us Skills for Life: We are the Engineers! by Margaret Bennett
  • Date: Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Organisation

Melville-Brodie Retired Engineers Club

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  • •Prank: Laced fag with thread 
  • • things we got up to. – 
  • •Accident, gantry on crane gave way.
  • •Hospital sister scrubs hand after losing part of thumb

Track 3:

  • •Miners earned more money than farmers

Track 4: 

  • •Planning the plaque:  no brass, War memorials have been vandalised
  • •Memorial for the factory – company founded in 1869
  • •Apprenticeship, most then paid off
  • •William Black – first day as apprentice
  • •Drinking
  • •Apprenticeship & union card
  • •Equipment – lathes and grinders
  • •Bertram buy- out – paper machinery
  • •war service
  • •Night school
  • •Dougie-Musical father
  • •Apprentice Strike 1959/1960
  • •Working in Dundee, first job
  • •First pay packet to granny
  • •Boiler suits and linen industry
  • •Apprentice tricks

Track 5:

  • •Potted History – plan for booklet

Track 6:

  • •Get back to work – strike
  • •but craftsmen behind them and strike pay 
  • •final appeal courts

Track 7:

  • •50 year Union membership – 
  • •first man in space was a moulder

Track 8:

  • •Links Market longest in Europe – 
  • •repairing equipment for Links Market – 
  • •pattern stores; destroying patterns.

Track 9:

  • •Pre-cast concrete material  - heavy gauge tube

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