Tag Archives: Textiles

An Office Life 7: Stock Take


When I started at Bell Woven (often contracted to Belwoven) textiles was still a significant employer in Lancashire. Although the writing was on the wall for functional specialisation and careers in it, there were still opportunities for those who looked … Continue reading

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An Office Life 6: Waste


Waste What is waste? To my teenage self it was rusty bicycle chains, damaged wheels from cars, the occasional battered pram, tangled in rotting fabric, all smeared with orange metallic spill from upstream, the River Calder. The river was a … Continue reading

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An Office Life 5: Temporary Short Time


Temporary Short Time Working Supplement Who remembers that? In Bell Woven it ran from 1979 to 1982. By that time I’d been in their employment for 3 years. 3 yeas is a lifetime if it’s your first job – apart … Continue reading

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An Office Life 4: Form Design


Form Design (by hand) One of the main issues in running a manual reporting system was form design. While at school, I’d taken price in my mathematical, logical approach to… well things. The thing is, this wasn’t adequate preparation for … Continue reading

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An Office Life 3: Office Routine + Jacquard Looms


Office Routine It often seems the case that once you master a technique, you want to apply it everywhere. Harry – I started off calling him Mr. Braithwaite; even though he told me Harry was fine, I always felt more … Continue reading

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An Office Life 2: Work Study


The Work Study Office My first day at Belwoven I worked at my boss’s desk. We had one calculator between us, a monster sized Canon L121 – it took up a quarter of the desk. The first order of the … Continue reading

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An Office Life 1: Woven Labels


(13 years at) Bell Woven Labels When I first started work I had a desk, numbers to crunch and occasional to a calculator which I used on my number crunching. I calculated loom efficiencies. To those not familiar with textiles, … Continue reading

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Monitoring Business Performance before the onset of Desktop PCs – 1 Basic Efficiency


*When I started work, I began as a Work Study Assistant. My first task was the computation of machine efficiencies. I worked in a textile factory and the machines that I measured were known as looms. That measurement was accomplished … Continue reading

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