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'Voices from the Factory Floor' is the fruit of an exciting project run by Women's Archive of Wales. Women's history has been neglected through the centuries and the Archive's aim is to raise awareness of women's history in Wales and to rescue and safeguard the sources of this history. 

About 208 different factories are represented in this project. Each speaker has her own individual and unique story to tell. It has been a pleasure and an honour to ensure that these memories are safeguarded for the future. In addition, c.400 photographs which illustrate the project have been collected and scanned.

The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with further contributions from the Ashley Family Foundation, Unite and Community Union trade unions and members of the Archive. This enabled us to employ three Field Officers to gather material in north, south-west and south-east Wales and to train volunteers to help with the recording and transcribing. 

The whole project, including the original interviews, the photographs and the transcriptions are deposited in the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Women's Archive Wales account on the People's Collection Wales. 

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Interview, Gwen Evans. Voices from the Factory...

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Interview, Elizabeth Mary Lewis ("May...

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Arcadian Harmonica Band 1939

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Mattie Ruddock aged 15

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Interview, Mattie Ruddock. Voices from the...

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Photo: Huw Owen & Sons advert, 19th century

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Photo: The house next to where she lives now,...

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Photo:E Morgan & Co workers before Sali...

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Interview. Sali (Sarah) Williams, Voices from...

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Photo:Retirement letter

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Photo: Retirement 1979

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Photo: Present of gold locket on her retirement

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Photo: Retirement 1979

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Photo:Cards

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Photo: Union card

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Photo: Recreation club card

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Photo: Letter referering on her 40 years...

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Photo: Card for 35 years service, 1968

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Photo: Susie receiving a tea set for 35 years...

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Photo: Presentation for service 25yrs?

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Photo: The lab department, with Susie the only...

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Photo: Susie presenting a retirement gift to...

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Photo: Christmas dinner in the canteen, c. 1950

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Photo: Christmas dinner in the canteen, 1950s

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Photo: A colleagues retirement party, Susie...

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Photo: The detonators department, Susie front...

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Photo: Susie with friends at work, 1940s

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Photo: The 'det' girls the day before...

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Interview. Susie Jones , Voices from the...