Leicester City Museums Collection
Speaker: Lawson, Tom, 1935 - , Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: Shepherd, Nicola, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Talks about personal interest in the New Walk Museum and work as a volunteer. Recalls first visit to the museum as a child, lunchtime concerts in the 1940s and "Holiday at Home" scheme. Talks about the Puppet Theatre run by Hans Freutel, talks about Freutel and how this inspired him to create his own puppet theatre and give shows in Leicester. Recalls meeting David and Richard Attenborough. Mentions the British True Friendship Society. Mentions Trevor Thomas, museum curator during the 1940s, his starting an art club and the impact this had for creating a sense of community. Recalls the transport in Leicester, including trams, and his school and college education. Describes the importance of New Walk museum to him personally. Talks about membership of Leicester Industrial History Society and the problems faced by the museum service in Leicestershire. Gives views on the future of the museum, Snibston Discovery Park, financial aspects of the New Walk Museum , lunch time concerts and how to celebrate the 150th anniversary. Concludes by saying what exhibits are his favorites in the museum.
Place of birth: Czechoslovakia
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s,
Recording Date: 28/4/1998
Playing time: 54 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: LCMS
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