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112, MA200/122/122
Mantle Oral History Project

Speaker: Kaiser, Margaret, 1924 - , Interviewee, Female, Hairdresser; Retail; Factory, weaver;
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Recalls early life and childhood in Ayrshire, Scotland. Describes attending Sunday school and her loss of education through ill health as a child. Talks about going into hairdressing, followed by other jobs in a shop, a restaurant, domestic service and eventually in a carpet factory as a weaver. Was prevented from war work or the armed forces, during the Second World War, due to a heart condition. Describes meeting her Polish husband in Ayrshire, and his decision to move to Whitwick for mining work. Talks about her children, problems of settling into the area and the housing. Describes dancing and other social activities and her decisions for becoming a Catholic. Comments on further health problems in later life for herself and her husband. Explains how her husband came to Scotland and their visit to Poland.
Place of birth: Patna, Ayrshire, Scotland
Education: Elementary
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 2 Daughters: 1
Father's Occupation: Railwayman
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire, Ayrshire
Location: Town/Place: Whitwick, Ayr
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s,
Language: English

Recording Date: 28/9/1991
Playing time: 48 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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