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The British United Shoe Machinery Company (BU) was Leicester’s greatest manufacturing company. It existed between 1899 and 2000, spanned the twentieth century, and at it’s peak employed 4000 people at it’s Union Works site in Leicester.
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Hi Everyone. Tom Marlow, a local lad and University student needs some help: Please read below.
“I am currently a third year history undergraduate at the University of Leicester and I am undertaking a module about the transformation of Leicester between 1945 and 1980. As part of the assessment for this module, I need to record the memories of somebody who worked in industry in Leicester during this time period. I was wondering if you could ask your members if anyone would be willing to be recorded. Ideally, the recording would take place within the next two weeks. They will take no more than an hour and I am willing to conduct the recording wherever the volunteer feels most comfortable, as I am from the Leicestershire area. Thank you.”
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Date posted: November 3, 2015No Comments
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Please read the letter below. If you can assist at all please email firstname.lastname@example.org or the email at the bottom of the letter. Thanks….
I came across your website this morning whilst looking for some help:
We are William Lennon & Co Ltd, a 4th generation family-run footwear manufacturer in Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire.
We have a BUSM standard brass screw machine #2047 that is still in operation (one of only 4 left in the world we believe).
As a very old machine, we lovingly look after it well and in return it works hard for us.
We are now having ‘timing’ issues with the mechanics of the machine, and so hence the contact to your group.
‘Is there anyone in your group that would have any knowledge of the workings of our beloved machine?’ Some ex-BUSM engineer that used to service/repair such devices that may be able to help us with our quest to keep the machine running? If so we would love to hear from them with their thoughts and advice.
We would be so grateful of any replies / help you can give us, and attach a photo of the machine.
Date posted: October 18, 2015No Comments
1964 BU Training Film (made...0
Quarter Century Club Keyring0
Does anyone remember this name from BU? Probably from the 1950s, perhaps even the 1940s. Albert, or maybe he was called Bert, might well have been a clerk, and may have been involved in international travel. His son, Christopher, has written to us seeking information about his father who he never knew and would be incredibly grateful if we could provide some news. Please email email@example.com if you can help. Thank you.
No photo I’m afraid.
Little bit more information from Christopher … He was born in 1914, 21 Bernard Street (Berners?), Leicester, one of 8 children born from 1901 to 1914
The only information I have is that he was a clerk and seems to have ended up going to Australia a couple of times in the 50′s could that possibly have been with work? Although why would a clerk be sent all that way but he ended up as an Accountant.
Took his pilots licence 1939 and is mentioned in the Leicester newspaper, with a colleague named Kenneth Harper. I always thought with his licence he would have been a pilot but although on certain documents we have it states RAF I can’t find anything about him in the National Archives.
Married my Mum in 1943, went out to NZ in 1960 and died 1990.
Date posted: September 1, 2015No Comments
Nice little BU Artefact0
BU Engineers! Specs on,...1
Take a look these photos please. It’s a machine of some sort that was made by BU. Ronnie Jones acquired this it… “The machine came from a clearout in a firm I worked for some years ago, Robert Lunt & Sons in Liverpool. They were a major saddlers in the past, from about the mid 1800s and switched to tarpaulin manufacture as the leather industry declined. It’s one of those things that gathers dust on my shelf, of no practical use to me but looked too interesting to end up in the scrapyard, which is were it was headed! It was only recently that I managed to clean the badge enough to make out the wording. I’ve attached a few more photos to assist the identification. Looking forward to having this little mystery finally solved!”
Date posted: November 12, 20141 Comment
George Barton has written to us – He’s researching Major Arthur Sands, his cousin once removed.
He thinks he worked at BU up until the 1970s or so as an Expeditor in possibly purchasing/production departments.
Does anyone remember him? He also served in WW2.
Date posted: October 30, 20141 Comment