Working Life

Description

Memories and objects relating to the various departments at John Player & Sons and working conditions at the factory site.

Items in the Working Life Collection

Pat Swallow talks about the different jobs men and women did at John Player & Sons, both in the factories and the offices during the 1970s and beyond.

Steve Needham describes how he worked at Player's whilst playing football for Nottingham Forest and Notts County football clubs in the late 1960s. Later in his life, playing for Player's sides allowed him to rediscover his love for football after…

Player's Post, February 1968
An article from Player's Post about Moira Middleton, a competitive ice skater, and her then fiancée Tony Wardle, both of whom were working at John Player & Sons.

Doreen Claxton remembers her time working as a member of staff at John Player & Sons, reflecting upon how her gender impacted upon her working life.

Leni writes:"In October 1960, I started work in the Sales Office that was accessed by the original stone built main entrance on Player Street. It took up the whole of the second floor and half of the first floor – the exact part that was destroyed…

Photograph of 'Navy Cuttings'
'Navy Cuttings' was the name given to the staff magazine at John Player & Sons from 1945. It was later replaced with 'Player's Post', that took the format of a newspaper.

Irene Chadwick (née Christian) talks about her experiences being trained and working as a 'front girl' in the 1930s at John Player & Sons.

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