RefNoX26
TitleJames Ewart Hobson (1918-2004) of Sheffield
AdminHistoryJames Ewart Hobson was born on November 27th 1918 and educated at Ecclesfield Council School (to 1929) and Barnsley and District Holgate Grammar School (1929-1934). He joined the Engineering Department of the Brightside Foundry and Engineering Company Limited, Ecclesfield, Sheffield, in 1935, where he worked as Office Boy, later becoming a Junior Draughtsman, then draughtsman and Section Leader of the Drawing Office. Here he produced working drawings for the manufacture of rolling mill machinery and associated equipment. Following the foundry's purchase in 1968 by Davy and United Engineering, Mr. Hobson took up the position of Assistant Design Engineer. He left this post in June 1971.

James Hobson undertook a number of further education evening courses whilst working at Brightside Foundry. He attended Ecclesfield Town Evening Institute three nights a week from 1935 to 1936, where he gained First Class passes in Mathematics, Machine Drawing and Science. Between 1936 and 1937 he attended High Green Evening School and gained First Class passes in Applied Mechanics, Workshop Technology and Practice. From 1937 to 1939 he also attended (three evenings a week) the University of Sheffield's Department of Applied Science, where he took the first two years of the Ordinary National Certificate (ONC). Although this was interrupted by World War Two, during which time he served at Royal Army Service Corps workshops in Hungerford, Worthing, Aldershot and Ossett, he did continue his studies through correspondence courses offered by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and City and Guilds of London Institute at Barnsley Mining and Technical College and Bennett College, Sheffield.

James Hobson completed his ONC at Barnsley Mining and Technical College in 1947, achieving passes (some with Distinction) in Mathematics, Science, Engineering Drawing and Workshop Technology. He completed his Higher National Certificate in the Theory of Machines and Structures and Hydraulics in 1950. He was also a keen footballer and cricketer.
DescriptionPersonal papers, including scholarship, certificate and letter items, relating to James Hobson's school/further education and professional training as a draughtsman and design engineer in Sheffield. Includes also various social/professional association membership-related items.

School Records, including reports, certificates and related items, 1926-1934 (X26/1)
Further Education and Training Records, including correspondence and awards, 1936-1950 (X26/2)
Employment Records, including correspondence and job particulars, The Brightside Foundry and Engineering Company Limited, 1935-1968 (X26/3)
Sports, Social and Professional Membership Records, including membership cards and tickets, 1922-1971 (X26/4)
Other Records, 1941-1943 (X26/5)
Date1922 - 1971
Extent84 items
AccessStatusOpen
LevelCollection
CustodialHistoryPassed to Archives via Emma Green, Registrar, Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust.

Originally 1 bankers box. Two printed items passed to the Local Studies library, 02/2008. Rest appraised and weeded 09/2008.
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