Small tap wrench made during AEI apprenticeship

1963 in Trafford Park
Alan Pedder

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Mini/small tap wrench made on a centre lathe, 1963-1969.

This tool provides a snapshot of an interesting transition point in Manchester’s technical education landscape. It was made as part of the learning process. Apprentices would first make, and then use, their own tools.

The Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Engineering Company (later to become AEI) apprenticeship and technical education system was developed in the first half of the 20th century by its Director of Research and Education, Sir Arthur Percy Morris Fleming.

After 12 months in the Training School the apprentice's trade or skill was determined. They could continue in the field of tool maker, pattern maker, welder, mechanical fitter, electrical fitter, sheet metal worker, turner, instrument maker, wireman, armature winder, draughtsman or foundry worker.

Apprenticeships and attending Technical College made it possible to enter a successful engineering career. This form of education and training was not open to women.


Hand and Machine Tools
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Gift of Alan Pedder