As we move into 2012, here are the last photos from 1972.
These first ones are from the Caswell Christmas Party – Plessey put on a children’s party each year, something I remember fondly. And yes, that’s me with Santa. Remember that this is 1972 and they’ve got a video camera – you can tell it was a technology research centre!
These others are from the family Christmas in Rugby – to be honest, I can’t remember this or who the relatives there were – it’s obviously my father’s side of the family as we’re with his parents but other than that, no idea. I know the front row apart from the gentleman on the left, but don’t recognise the back row at all. I expect Mother and/or Auntie Susan will be able to shed some light on who they are.
In, I think, 1959, my father actually got a job – having seemingly managed to put it off until he was 27. It sounds late, but a degree would have taken him to 22, plus another year for a Masters, 2 years working on a PhD and 2 years National Service adds up!
And in fact, it was the only job he ever got – he worked at the same place (for Plessey at the Allen Clark Research Centre at Caswell in Northamptonshire) until he retired.
I’m probably breaking all sorts of rules by publishing these, but I doubt there are any still-secret innovations in a lab almost 50 years ago.
It looks like what I think of as proper chemistry – bell jars and that sort of thing, although there seems to be a disappointing lack of bunsen burners. Interesting to see what looks suspiciously like a car battery in there though!