The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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Rubery Owen employs 6,000 people at their Darlaston works. But what about those men facing retirement - how do they avoid ending up on the scrapheap?
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The forward thinking engineering firm of Rubery Owen in Darlaston created a scheme in 1949, called the Sons of Rest, in which their retired workers could continue to do light work alongside their former colleagues. Retirement is considered to be a social problem for men with 'nothing to do but hang about aimlessly', rather like the juvenile delinquents who were being demonised around the same time.