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On my parent's marriage certificate dated 1954, my mother's occupation is given as "Viewer". From oral testimony, I know that they met while both working at the Rover car factory in Solihull, UK.

I've googled without success to find a description of what a "Viewer" did, so am asking here for either an explanation or a pointer to where I can find one.

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I don't know Britishisms, and it seems likely to be jargon, but perhaps it is synonymous with "inspector", as in a quality-control position. – RobertShaw Dec 14 '12 at 19:07

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I don't know if it applies to the automotive trade in the 1950s but a viewer in coal mines, certainly in the 1880s was a section manager, overseeing a department or coal seam. It could be that she had a managerial role, overseeing a certain part of the manufacturing process.

I don't know for sure, but it does apply to mining. It was one of the things I remember vividly from a school visit to a coal mine in Wales. The role tended to be given to women or older men who weren't physically able to do the manual labour.

Look forward to anyone else who might have a better explanation.

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It is listed as a job on – jmort253 Dec 16 '12 at 5:10

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