For me the history of Marshall’s a local factory in the industrial town of Gainsborough is important on a personal level as my grandfather, great grandfather and generations of my ancestors worked at this multi-complex factory as apprentices rising to more senior positions in the firm. My grandfather, Harold Clarke started his working life at the firm in 1944 as an errand boy in the drawing stores, working as an apprentice in the machine shop training bay before his time as Works Manager for the firm during the 1970s. Harold was awarded an MBE and went with his family to collect his award at Buckingham Palace in 1985. My great grandfather, Charles William Clarke commenced his apprenticeship in Marshall’s Iron Foundry in 1912 and was promoted to Foreman and Apprentice Supervisor of the Foundry. Charles was awarded the British Empire Medal but died due to ill health before he could receive his award in person. The above is but one example as many Gainsborough people were employed at this factory with over 5000 people working there at its highest point in history.
Click on our photo story below to find out more about the history of Marshall’s Sons & Co which employed so many people in Gainsborough area and beyond….
Gemma is currently a Project Researcher working with Serendipity at De Montfort University in Leicester with the Lost Legends Heritage Project researching and celebrating the 30 Anniversary of Black History Month in Leicester. The project’s aims are to create a website, exhibition, film and dedicated publication celebrating the unique voices from the African and African Caribbean communities in Leicester. Gemma has been volunteering with the Heritage Centre for over 4 years publicising the heritage centre in the local press and magazines as well as interviewing many members of the local community in Gainsborough to record their unique memories and stories.