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Article – St Michael News: “Welfare in Slough”

Marks and Spencer. 1955. Slough Special – Welfare Facilities Second to None. St Michael News. 18th March,  pp. 4-8.

The welfare provision available to staff at Marks & Spencer made the employer almost unique in the 1950’s. This feature from the staff newspaper, St Michael News, details the programmes and welfare provision that women workers in the company had access to. Hot meals, access to social events and personal grooming provision is all documented in these photographs taken of women workers of the retail giant in 1955 who enjoyed the welfare measures offered to them at no extra cost.

The document provides an excellent set of images of women working in the 1950s.

SMN Slough welfare insert 1955 p.1 SMN Slough welfare insert 1955 p.2-3 SMN Slough welfare insert 1955 p.4

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Source: Marks & Spencer Company Archive

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