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Offline tanwenhaf

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Electricians in the early 1900s
« on: Wednesday 05 October 05 14:07 BST (UK) »
Does anyone have any idea where Electricians learnt their trade in the early 1900s?

My great-grandmother was born circa 1908, on her marriage certificate in 1930 it says her father, Thomas Tuckwell was an Electrician.

This is likely to have been in the London area.
I was hoping there would be some sort of records around for this kind of profession, I daren't assume they were all registered tradesmen as they are today but I was hoping there would be apprenticeship records or similar as this wouldn't have been the most common occupation at the time.
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Re: Electricians in the early 1900s
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 05 October 05 14:55 BST (UK) »
Hi
My greatgrandfather born in 1880s was also an electrician but he was actually a "lampsman" or "overhead linesman" on other documents.
He actually looked after the overhead lines on the tramways in Salford, Manchester.
I think the occupation "electrician" may actually have been more common than you think.
Sorry I can't help with the info you need but just thought I'd let you know that the occupation may be not quite the same as an electrician as we know it,
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Claudia
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Re: Electricians in the early 1900s
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 05 October 05 21:28 BST (UK) »
The Institution of Electrical Engineers was founded in 1871 - their archives at
http://www.iee.org/TheIEE/Research/Archives/ArchivesContents/index.cfm
may be able to help you. My great uncle was a member of some sort before the start of WW1, I have only heard about this and not seen it but apparently someone in our family has his certificate of membership. It looks a pretty useful website, hope you have some success.

Cheers Veron
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Re: Electricians in the early 1900s
« Reply #3 on: Friday 21 September 18 13:04 BST (UK) »
The City&Guilds Group was founded in 1878 to develop a national system of technical education:

https://www.cityandguildsgroup.com/about-us


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