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What is “When We Worked At Raleigh”?

  • When We Worked at Raleigh is a Nottingham Black Archive (NBA) continuously updating project. It focuses on sharing the employment experiences of African and Caribbean employees of Raleigh Industries. At one time Raleigh was the world’s leading bicycle manufacturer. This project adds to NBAs growing oral history collection documenting the Black presence in Nottingham and particularly the life of the Windrush generation in the city from 1956 onwards.

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Raleigh Workers A – D

Roydon Allen ROYDON ALLEN, on leaving school, was offered four opportunities of employment, one of which was at Raleigh. Allen’s mother was already an employee at the factory. His decision to become a Technician apprentice was influenced by the conditions he saw his mother working in. “I saw my mum in the press shop where…

Raleigh Workers E – O

Howard Edwards HOWARD EDWARDS started his time at Raleigh as a machine operator and then moved on to become a welder. He worked at Raleigh for approximately three years. “When I came to England my cousin gave me a Raleigh racer, it was a red one, really good. That bike meant so much to me…

Raleigh Workers Q – Z

David Sinclair DAVID SINCLAIR joined Raleigh on a Youth Training Scheme around 1979. “I needed to get some work experience and to earn so that I could deal with everyday issues. I had a good spell there, but it wasn’t for me. I found it dirty and noisy and assembling bike parts on the production…

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