Leicester Oral History Archive
Speaker: Employment, - , Interviewee, , Hosiery worker ; Tram conductor; Boot and shoe worker; Teacher;
Speaker: , Interviewer,
Summary of interview item: Employment. Compilation of interview extracts recalling details about employment in Leicester during the first half of the 20th century. Various descriptions of employment in Leicester, including worker at Whitmore's Hosiery factory, tram conductor, a knocker up, shoe machinist, homework, horse brake conductor, teaching, shop work and a variety of casual jobs. The differences between men and women's work in the hosiery industry and the boot and shoe trade are described. The hosiery industry is described in great detail. The difficulties in finding employment in 1927 are recalled along with the seasonal fluctuations of employment and time spent on the dole when unemployed. Trade union membership is recalled. Work in an office is described and another woman recalls setting up her own wholesale business. Other accounts describe the variety of occupations the individual has undertaken. The work of a union steward working for Gimson's timber company is described. Contributors to the recording are: Mrs Bailey, Miss G. Bailey, Mr and Mrs Bell, Mr Bentham, Mr J. G. Bottril, Mr Granger, Mr Hall, Mr Hoyes, Mr Marsden, Mrs Masters, Mr Monk, Mrs Rudkin, Mr Souter, Mr Stacey, Mr Thompson.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 1/1/1989
Playing time: 24 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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