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AWE with the help of the community, has launched an online digital storybook to celebrate over 60 years of AWE being an integral part of local history, both as a large employer and neighbour. The interactive storybook is available to download from our website and includes stories, photographs and video’s dating back from the 1950’s from employees, past and present and residents who live in the community and surrounding areas.
The digital storybook captures AWE’s scientific and engineering achievements and innovations both past and present, visits by royalty as well as participation in local fundraising events and education projects. The content also includes extracts from inspiring AWE employees, the award winning and nationally recognised apprenticeship programme and the important contribution we make to the local community.
Mike Allaston, former apprentice at AWE and contributor to the digital storybook comments:
“I’m delighted; I’m able to share my life experiences using digital technology. The storybook is a wonderful celebration of our local community and history. When I joined in September 1953 the apprentice school was an old RAF building at the back of the Falcon pub (no longer there). We learned mechanical filing, sawing and made our own set of tools in our first year. We were then sent round to different departments to learn different skills. AWE looked after the apprentices really well. In January 1959, I was one of three sent to the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, until 1961. Then I returned where I spent about 3 years in the high speed optics departments. It was a fantastic place to work.”
AWE’s Site Director, Haydn Clulow comments:
“The digital storybook brings our proud heritage to life and showcases the significant contribution; AWE has made to the local community over the last 60 years both as an employer and neighbour. The response we have received from the storybook contributors has been fantastic and I would like to thank everyone who has submitted their stories and artefacts to help us make this happen.”
For further information contact Media@AWE.co.uk 0118 9855888