Exhibition sparks memories for long serving employee
This week, Alan Hughes, our Group Financial Controller enjoyed a preview of our 150th anniversary exhibition at Shrewsbury’s Museum and Art Gallery with a surprise presentation.
Robin Morris presented Alan with an award to celebrate his 30 years working for Morris & Co.
A chance to reminisce
Alan said: “I thought I was there to see how the exhibition was shaping up before its opening, so it was a lovely surprise when Robin marked the occasion of my time with the company. I’ve seen many changes in my 30 years here and to look back over 150 years is fascinating. I’m sure visitors will also enjoy this insight into local social history.”
Alan recalled his early days with the company adding: “There were just a handful of computers here at Welsh Bridge when I joined the Accounts department and I remember a wonderful machine called the Comptometer which looked like a huge till with buttons in rows, requiring ten fingers to calculate figures. I used to marvel at a colleague, Joan Draycott and the way she rapidly typed away on the machine. She could beat anyone using a calculator!
“I can also remember petty cash and other tasks being logged by hand in big 13 column ledgers… of course today we calculate everything on spreadsheets and I am rather grateful for that!”
“I even found out when chatting with my wife about the exhibits on display,” Alan added, “that she had worked in a Morris SaveRite store many years ago!
Step back in time
Our story began in 1869 when James Kent Morris opened a modest grocery shop in Frankwell, Shrewsbury. Over the years, businesses ranged from baking and fashion to oils, property and supermarkets, with Morris Café on Pride Hill a social highlight for many Salopians.
The exhibition, that includes photographs, treasured memorabilia and keepsakes, some not seen by the public before, is curated by Professor Tim Jenkins and runs from 30 May to 24 June.Back to news
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