This plaque from 1914 contains the names of all those BU workers who went off to war (220 names I think). A massively important item. Incredibly, and disgustingly, it was left to rot in the old BU headquarters by the last owners (APAX partners – they’re still around!).
Thankfully it was found and rescued from the Ross Walk site by Matt (pictured left) and Rick. They have donated the plaque to the At Risk War Memorial Trust. “It can now be enjoyed by the people of Leicester for good.”
Date posted: November 26, 2016No Comments
Hi Everyone. Colin Hyde from the East Midlands Oral History Archive at Leicester University has some students who want to record memories of work and industry in Leicester before 1980 and they’re struggling to find people. He’s asked me if any BUSM people would agree to be recorded for half an hour by a student? Do let me know and I’ll pass on to Colin. Could be fun and interesting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Date posted: November 10, 2016No Comments
BU Internal Phone Book0
Mary Hubble’s copy of the Ewart/Texon (so many names from BUSMC) phone book from the late 1990s
Mary and her husband worked for the BU and finished at Texon in 2002. She got a job still on the site and was last to leave before it was demolished.
Date posted: October 31, 2016No Comments
Graham Damant –
I have just bought a Pearson sewiung machine and have managed to work out how the basics work and its stitching well. However it would be useful to have a manual, any ideas where I could buy one.
Date posted: October 19, 2016No Comments
Dave Porthouse has sent us some images of his machine: Dusty, then cleaned up.
“I did use this machine many years ago when making some leather moccasin type slippers and basically it punctures the leather to enable it to be neatly stitched. The crank arm with the wooden handle drives the straight cut gears at approximately a 1:2 ratio which in turn drives the spindle. Locked to the spindle on the business side is a sharp pointed wheel like a small spur. The working platform has an adjustable fence to set the spacing between the edge of the leather and the line of stitching . The platform has the adjustable spring loaded tensioner that applies the piercing pressure via what looks like a tuffnol roller. It is set for single row stitching but I can see from the roller that it has been used for double row stitching by fitting an additional spur wheel. Although it is just over 12″ wide and 8.5″ tall it weighs in at 13lbs on my bathroom scales.”
Date posted: September 6, 2016No Comments
Alan Foster from AIM Engineering in Glossop, Derbyshire, has been in touch about this item….
“Hello there, We have found an old The British United Shoe Machine Company LTD in an old derelict building we recently bought. I attach some pictures and would be grateful of any user manual or help in how to disassemble it ? It looks to weigh over a ton and is on the first floor so difficult to move. It is free to anyone who can collect it ( It looks awkward to get out as there are no stairs!)
Any information welcomed as I have found the BU history website fun to visit.
Phone; 0145 786 2505.
Date posted: June 9, 2016No Comments
One of the main organisers of the BU History Group is Paul Gill. Paul has been diagnosed with dementia and is part of a campaign to encourage research into the condition. Please watch the video by clicking the link.
Below is a letter published in the Leicester Mercury last month from Dave Tipton in which he pays tribute to Paul. He tells about Paul’s crucial role in the seven year struggle, and ultimate victory, by BU pensioners to win back their pensions after the company went into administration in 2000.
Date posted: May 9, 2016No Comments
Two items I recently uncovered at home.The photo was taken in the Gear Cutting section around 1983 after I had taken over from Roy Benson who had just retired.
I was lucky to have worked in some very interesting departments: Photo Engraving in the Met Lab with Roy Birkett, which was behind the Hardening and the Electro Plating shops. Q Department which made the accessories for various BU machines and C Department with Frank Welford, which made cutters which I think cut and finished the soles. I finished my time at the BU on the K.T.M machines in building 51.
Happy days.Please correct me if I have got any names or departments wrong it was a long time ago.
Date posted: May 1, 2016No Comments
I worked in the IVI works as a Tack and Nail maker and also as a utility man. If someone was away l would fill in for them. I found this old forklift truck license about a fortnight ago.
Date posted: April 22, 2016No Comments