Leicester Oral History Archive
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Summary of interview item: Unemployment. Compilation of interview extracts describing the experience of unemployment in Leicester during the 1920s and 1930s. The unemployment experienced after the First World War is remembered. The National Unemployed Workers Movement is recalled. Detailed description is given of a large unemployment demonstration which started outside the Poor Law Board of Guardians office in Rupert Street, Leicester, spreading to the Town Hall Square, resulting in a blockade of the police station, violence and property damage, and including rererences to Green Lane Road and Woodboy Street. Descriptions of the system of aid, and the aid given to the unemployed from parish relief, Ministry of Labour, Board of Guardians and the Poor Law. The effects of the 1926 General Strike in Leicester are recalled. The effects of Northampton's boot and shoe trade collapse is compared to Leicester industries. Leicester seen as a boom city at the time due to its diverse industries, people come to Leicester to look for work. Recollections of life on the dole, Means Testing and how the dole was given. Effects of cheap labour and developments in machinery on number of jobs available is described. Contributors to this recording are; Mr Monk, Mr Peacock, Mrs Calow, Mr Redfern, Mr Riley, Mr Stacey, Anon, Mr Clare.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s,
Recording Date: 1/1/1989
Playing time: 29 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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