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General Office, late 1930s - 1940s
General Office, late 1930s - 1940s
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Brief Description: Half of the general office. This occupied the whole of the top floor of the front building on King's Road which opened in 1937
Subject Date: 1937 - 1950
Creator: Walton Adams
Full Description: Until 1904 the office staff were all men. In 1904 three ladies were employed as typists although they were shut securely away in a separate office. When the First World War broke out more and more women were brought into the offices as the men went away to fight. In 1934 a committee of directors and managers was set up to recommend an improved office layout. This committee found that the only way to improve working conditions and efficiency was a new building. Management consultants Urwick Orr and Partners advised on a new management structure and in 1935 the old Victorian office was demolished and work started on a well-lighted steel and concrete office building.
Collection: Reading Museum Service
Place: Factory General Office, King's Road, Reading, Berkshire
Dimensions: Height: 16.0cm, Width: 21.2cm
Subject: social history, trade <food mfr>, working life, building
Content Type: photograph
Location: Reading Museum Service
Local Ref: REDMG : 1997.130.427
Unique ID: rm-rm-1997_130_427~1_246-i-00-000.tif
IPR: Walton Adams
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