- GB 249 SOHC 32/6
- 4 July 2018
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.
[00:00:18] 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.