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Interview with a former worker at Templeton's carpet factory

Recording and transcript of a former worker of Templeton's & Co. in conversation with Rory Stride in July 2018. The interviewee worked at Templeton’s carpet factory from 1958 to 1967 and went on to work in various school canteens between 1983 and 2010.

[00:00:02] Introductions.
[00:00:18] Describes childhood.
[00:01:10] Describes working at Templeton’s, interview process, skills needed for the role, wage breakdown and pensions, different factory locations.
[00:11:54] Describes staff camaraderie, social events.
[00:17:14] Describes health, safety and noise levels.
[00:20:44] Describes staff working conditions, holidays and trips with fellow workers.
[00:23:07] Describes relationship between management and staff, medical team.
[00:24:44] Discusses trade unions.
[00:26:28] Describes gender divisions in factory roles and management.
[00:28:09] Describes staff friendships.
[00:30:57] Describes reasons for leaving Templeton’s.
[00:35:22] Describes life after leaving Templeton’s, casual work at a carousel.
[00:40:49] Describes role as a canteen worker in different local schools.
[00:45:58] Discusses the differences between working at Templeton’s, the carousel and school canteen work.
[00:47:30] Talks about the closure of Templeton’s.
[00:48:50] Discusses commemorating the building and the workers.
[00:51:05] Describes uniform at Templeton’s and different generations working at Templeton’s together.
[00:54:54] Summarises final thoughts about working for Templeton’s.
[01:00:22] Talks about staff pride in Templeton’s
[01:01:03] Discusses the study of Glasgow’s industrial history with regard to women.
[01:03:22] Discusses memories of working for Templeton’s.
[01:05:02] Interview concludes.

Interview with Louise Gilmour, former worker at Templeton's carpet factory

Recording and transcript of Louise Gilmour in conversation with Rory Stride in June 2018. Louise worked at Templeton’s carpet factory from 1978 to 1980 and D & H Cohens [Shawlands] between 1980 and 1997.

[00:00:01] Introductions.
[00:00:24] Talks about childhood.
[00:01:27] Talks about working for D and H Cohens in Shawlands and piecework.
[00:02:33] Talks about work at Templeton’s, interview process, skills required for the job, working conditions and health and safety.
[00:07:08] Talks about gender divisions in labour, wages and health conditions.
[00:10:06] Talks about staff camaraderie and social activities.
[00:11:29] Talks about family and conditions outside work.
[00:13:12] Talks about company treatment of staff, working hours, relationship with management.
[00:15:34] Talks about trade unions.
[00:18:13] Talks about staff relationships.
[00:19:56] Talks about closure of Templeton’s, trade unions, staff reactions to closure.
[00:24:29] Talks about work at Cohen’s.
[00:26:05] Talks about attachment to Templeton’s.
[00:28:00] Discusses commemorating the building and the workers.
[00:30:07] Summarises final thoughts about working for Templeton’s and compares her time at Templeton’s and Cohen’s.
[00:32:09] Discusses the study of Glasgow’s industrial history with regard to women.
[00:35:03] Talks about the closure of Templeton’s, the transfer to Stoddard’s in Elderslie, redundancy.
[00:38:37] Interview concludes.

Interview with Elaine Allison, former worker at Templeton's carpet factory

Recording and transcript of Elaine Allison in conversation with Rory Stride in 2018. Elaine worked at Templeton’s carpet factory from 1968 to 1973 and Fraser & Borthwick from 1974 to 1975. She worked at Charles Buyers and Company [Inverness] from 1993 to 2017.

[00:00:02] Introductions.
[00:00:14] Describes early childhood.
[00:00:57] Describes skills for her job at Templeton’s, different roles within the company, staff camaraderie and wages.
[00:08:55] Describes factory working conditions, health and safety, breaks, staff canteen, staff contentment, training.
[00:13:45] Describes staff camaraderie, relationship with management and overtime.
[00:18:19] Describes trade unions, injuries and medical treatment.
[00:21:06] Discussion about staff social events and day trips, the different factories owned by Templeton’s.
[00:25:38] Describes staff friendships.
[00:28:35] Summarises reasons for leaving Templeton’s.
[00:31:30] Describes role at Templeton’s supermarket and at Fraser & Borthwick.
[00:33:01] Describes role at Charles Buyers and Company, public perception of the company, differences between Charles Buyers and Company and Templeton’s, and retirement.
[00:39:12] Reflects on the closure of Templeton’s in 1981, reasons for the closure.
[00:41:27] Discusses the modernisation of the Templeton building, companies using the building in 2018.
[00:41:54] Summarises final thoughts about working for Templeton’s and staff pride.
[00:45:53] Discusses the study of Glasgow’s industrial history with regard to women.
[00:47:35] Discusses commemorating the building and the workers.
[00:50:39] Describes medical problems and treatment at Templeton’s.
[00:53:32] Interview concludes.

Interview with Dorothy Whyte, former worker at Templeton's carpet factory

Recording and transcript of Dorothy Whyte in conversation with Rory Stride in June 2018. Dorothy worked at Templeton’s carpet factory from 1965 to c. 1970. She worked in an office role at Kelvin Industrial Estate [East Kilbride] between 1980 and 1990 and at McMillan's and Company between 1990 and 2000. Her final role before retirement was as a medical receptionist in Muirend in Glasgow from c. 2000 to 2011.

[00:00:02] Introductions.
[00:00:36] Summary of different jobs held.
[00:01:09] Describes role at Templeton’s, reasons for joining the company, skills needed to work in the mailing department and as a receptionist, the building she worked in, differences between departments within the company.
[00:08:39] Discusses gender division within Templeton’s different departments.
[00:13:02] Describes management treatment of staff.
[00:13:58] Describes staff camaraderie, the types of items and activities wages were spent on, Templeton’s holiday club, relationship between management and staff.
[00:17:28] Describes working day, lunch and tea breaks, hours of work, amount of work done each day, the different departments in the main building in Glasgow Green.
[00:25:07] Describes the different roles held by men and women.
[00:28:05] Describes reasons for leaving Templeton’s in c. 1970.
[00:29:00] Describes role at Kelvin Industrial Estate, redundancy, skills needed for the role.
[00:32:18] Describes role at McMillan's and Company, redundancy, company treatment of staff.
[00:33:38] Describes role as a medical receptionist in Muirend, Glasgow and retirement.
[00:35:43] Describes staff pride at Templeton’s, memories of working at Templeton’s, the use of the Templeton building in 2018.
[00:38:13] Discusses the closure of Templeton’s factory, staff discount, the carpets created in the factory.
[00:42:04] Describes thoughts on the way the building is used in 2018.
[00:43:58] Discusses commemorating the building and the workers.
[00:47:48] Summarises final thoughts on working for Templeton’s, staff camaraderie, conditions at Templeton’s compared to the other companies she worked for, staff pride in the company.
[00:52:35] Discusses the study of Glasgow’s industrial history with regard to women.
[00:54:57] Interview concludes.

Interview with Catherine Johnstone, former worker at Templeton's carpet factory

Recording and transcript of Catherine Johnstone in conversation with Rory Stride in July 2018. Catherine Johnstone worked at Templeton’s carpet factory from 1968 to 1981. She went on to work for Diggens Bakery from 1982 to 1985.

[00:00:00] Introductions.
[00:00:16] Talks about place of birth and childhood.
[00:01:21] Describes early working life.
[00:03:15] Describes time at Templeton’s, employment patterns, social clubs, staff training, process and skills needed for making each carpet, staff wages.
[00:08:43] Describes working conditions at Templeton’s, discusses piecework, noise levels in factory.
[00:13:05] Discusses staff camaraderie.
[00:15:20] Describes health impacts of working in a factory and the way staff were treated by the company, comments on medical team and staff canteen, gender divisions in labour and friendships.
[00:25:41] Discusses staff trade unions.
[00:27:39] Describes staff friendships.
[00:30:58] Talks about moving to different factory locations within the firm, differences between the two factory sites.
[00:36:42] Discusses Templeton’s staff pride.
[00:40:42] Talks about the closure period of the factory from 1978 to 1981, staff redundancy letters, staff opinions on redundancy.
[00:45:46] Describes role at Diggens Bakery.
[00:48:28] Discusses Templeton’s redundancy and financial difficulties for those made redundant.
[00:51:25] Discusses different ways to remember the history of Templeton’s.
[00:55:01] Summarises final thoughts on working for Templeton’s.
[00:58:01] Discusses the study of Glasgow’s industrial history with regard to women.
[01:01:57] Talks about staff camaraderie.
[01:04:36] Interview concludes.

Interview with Elizabeth O’Neill, former worker at Templeton's carpet factory

Recording and transcript of Elizabeth O’Neill in conversation with Rory Stride in June 2018. Elizabeth O’Neill worked at Templeton’s carpet factory from 1963 to 1967. She later went on to work for South Australian Brush Company (1978-1989) and Avex Electronics (1989-2003).

[00:00:00] Introductions.
[00:00:11] Talks about place of birth and childhood.
[00:00:51] Talks about time at Templeton’s Carpet Factory (1963-1967), tasks for each role in the company, creation of big pieces for the British Embassy in Paris, Templeton’s social club, working conditions, and supervisor and management team.
[00:28:35] Describes reasons for leaving employment at Templeton’s and women’s lives after they were married.
[00:30:50] Makes a brief reference to her work for South Australian Brush Company between 1978 and 1989.
[00:32:34] Talks about time at Avex Electronics from 1989 to 2003, describes job training at Cambuslang College, working conditions and the lack of unions, agency workers.
[00:35:48] Discusses memories of working at Templeton’s, the closure of the factory in June 1975 and the redundancy of staff.
[00:41:40] Tells the story of a recent visit to the Templeton Street building with a student from Glasgow School of Art who had some memorabilia from the Templeton factory e.g. clock-in card and staff magazine.
[00:46:03] Discusses the future of the Templeton Street building and comments on different ways to remember the history of Templeton’s.
[00:47:44] Summarises final memories of working for Templeton’s and the place it had in Glasgow’s history.
[00:49:22] Compares working conditions in the different companies she worked in throughout her career.
[00:50:44] Talks about being made redundant from the South Australian Brush Company in 1989 and Avex Electronics in 2003.
[00:52:51] Discusses the study of Glasgow’s industrial history with regard to women.
[00:56:40] Discusses her reasons for joining Templeton’s.
[00:57:53] Interview concludes.

Oral history project on women’s experiences of work and closure at James Templeton & Company Ltd, Glasgow, c. 1960-1981

  • GB 249 SOHC 32
  • Collection
  • May - September 2018

Oral history project, conducted in May - September 2018 by Rory Stride, with women formerly employed at James Templeton & Co., carpet manufacturers, between c. 1960 and 1981. A total of six women were interviewed. The interviews last approximately between 45 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes and were conducted at a variety of places across Scotland. The interview questions were semi-structured and largely directed by the responses of the participants.

The interviews focus on the women’s working lives and their first experiences of employment after secondary school but specifically exploring their experience of work at James Templeton & Co., the preeminent carpet manufacturers in Glasgow during the 1960s and 1970s. The company had seven factories, located in the east end and southside of Glasgow with the company’s Crown Street factory being the last to close in early 1981 when Templeton Carpets amalgamated with Stoddard Carpets. Topics discussed include trade unions, working conditions, gender divisions in labour, staff camaraderie, management and staff relationships, and periods of redundancy, unemployment and re-employment after leaving James Templeton & Co. The interviews also cover the women's feelings and opinions regarding the gentrification and redevelopment of the former headquarters and factory of James Templeton & Co. located at Templeton Street on the north eastern edge of Glasgow Green.

University of Strathclyde | Scottish Oral History Centre

Papers of Linda Armstrong relating to the history of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

  • GB 249 ARM
  • Collection
  • 2020 - 2021

Collection of papers created by Linda Armstrong, and some collaboration by Jois Stansfield: researchers interested in the history of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and the Speech and Language Therapy profession in general.

Papers were researched and created between 1999 - 2021 and many were revised and edited just prior to deposit in January 2021. Sources used for the research included the papers of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists held within the University of Strathclyde Archives and Special Collections, and also papers and files still held by the College.

The papers comprise: lists covering a range of historical areas relating to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the profession in general such as Journal articles, College conferences, and committee members; and analytical articles covering topics such as how the College was formed, the change in the name of the profession, and analysis of the content of the College’s news bulletin.

Armstrong, Linda, b.1960, speech and language therapist

Material produced for Scottish constituencies in connection with the UK general election on 7th May 2015

National, regional and constituency election communications from the following parties:
Scottish Conservative Party
Scottish Labour Party
Scottish National Party
Scottish Liberal Democrats
Scottish Green Party
United Kingdom Independence Party
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)
Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol (CISTA)
National Front
Scottish Socialist Party
Scottish Socialist
Socialist Equality
Christian Party
Communist
Left Unity

Election communications from the following independent candidates: John Houston, Xander McDade, Ronnie Campbell, Graham Reid, Claire Muir.

Also manifestos; newspaper articles; and miscellaneous publications

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