Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Smith, Eileen Amy, 1930 - , Interviewee, Female, Secretary
Speaker: Roberts, Tracey, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls early family life in 1930s and 1940s, in particular her miner father. Comments on different aspects of the miners' lifestyle and her father's allotment. Also talks about the miners' brass bands and the exclusion of women from the bands and public houses. Describes the family home, which was owned by them, mother's daily routine and her taking in boarders to supplement the family income. Describes her own work as a secretary, first in a factory in Leicester then with Joseph Ellis, Coal and Corn Merchant in Coalville between 1947 -1956. Describes going to the cinema on pocket money from her wages and courting her husband. Talks about wages and saving money, also her mother collecting for charity during the Second World War.
Place of birth: Coalville, Leicestershire
Education: until age 15
Marital Status: Married, Children: Son: 1 Daughter: 2
Father's Occupation: Miner
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Coalville
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 14/8/1991
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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