Slough Museum 20-20-20
For my part of the 202020 Slough project I am collecting memoirs of what it was like to work in Slough in the post war period, specifically the 1960s and the 1970s but earlier or later if you have a story to tell. I am looking for personal memories of these times.

# What were the people like that you worked with?
# Was it easy to get work?
# What were working conditions like?
# Was the pay enough to live on?
# What was your boss like?
# What did you help to make?
# finding work, holding down a job, promotion, getting the sack?
# Did you meet your life partner at work?

New Arrivals In Slough
Did you migrate to Slough from another part of the UK or from another country? Lots of people came to Slough for the first time in the 60s and 70s. Were you one of these people? Take this opportunity to record your memories of working in Slough

How to Do It
Send your memories as a short written piece or record them on your mobile phone. Send your memoirs to the email link below. Please get in touch first for a chat.

How to Join In
If you want to be part of the project

What Will Happen To My Memoirs?
First of all we will make an audio podcast from the material which will be freely available in December. There are plans to present all 20 projects produced for 202020Slough at The Curve in Slough when Covid permits.
Background and Detail of 202020Slough
The project is called 20-20-20 because it will involve 20 artists (I'm one of the selected artists) who will each choose an item from Slough Museum's collection and work with a group of residents to explore a topic using the item as inspiration. So there will be 20 artists, 20 objects, and 20 groups of residents.

Made In Slough
The specific topic I want to explore is Slough's industrial heritage from the viewpoint of the people who worked in the town's factories and offices during the post-war period - the 1950s and the 1960s and into the 1970s. I want people to contribute short reminiscences that reflect their personal experiences. Two hundred words would be perfect or one side of an A4 sheet. If you're not a great typist then record your memories into a mobile phone and send the recording.

Make It Personal
The more personal you make it the better. The stories I've received so far include one about a fifteen-year-old girl's first days at work-earning just five pounds per week - and a very moving story about a father who devoted his life to improving working conditions. One of my correspondents wrote about making small boats and another about the mysterious government work done at McMichael - don't worry, he didn't breach security.

A Time When Slough Made Things
Don't be afraid to talk about what you made and how it was made. The post war years, the fifties, sixties and seventies, could be thought of as a boom time for Slough and the days when Slough actually produced things - industrial production as opposed to modern times when Slough's business community is comprised largely of offices and warehouses.

Slough Museum 20-20-20 Exhibition
The project will culminate with an exhibition celebrating the diversity of the arts in Slough which will take place at The Curve in Slough in December, if the Covid situation allows. Also, I hope to self-publish a small book of these memories and produce a podcast of edited highlights.

From Slough Museum's Collection
The items I have chosen from Slough Museum's collection are two radio receivers. For me these symbolise the ability to send a message to the past and transmit messages forward into the modern age. And of course, companies like McMichael did produce radio equipment in Slough, so the radio sets are a symbol on several levels. But Made in Slough will be broader that just radio set production, and our snapshots will include all aspects of manufacturing and all types of products-large and small, made in small workshops as well as large factories.

Below are the two radios that symbolise our links to the past.
This radio set or wireless, as it may have been called at the time, was manufactured in Slough in 1934 by McMichael.
This Defiant radio was bought in the Slough Co-Op during the 1960. It's typical of the sort of portable radio that would have been played in many workplaces.