Workplaces and colleagues
Scientists and engineers found themselves working in many different workplace environments and with a diverse range of colleagues. Not all of these facilities were purpose built and the different characteristics of a former wartime airfield, a converted country house or a city centre location could have a significant impact on the working environment and on the relationships within it. Most scientists recall their former workplaces and colleagues with affection and paint a picture of them as fostering creativity, excitement and fun. For many the working environment was recalled as relaxed and informal, with coffee time a central part of the day and one during which much productive work was carried out through informal exchanges. Working long hours was not uncommon, and led to a blurring of work and social lifewhich is often remembered as a positive experience. There is also a sense of nostalgia for the more relaxed atmosphere of the past compared to more recent experiences in organisations that have grown considerably in size and become more bureaucratic.