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816, LO/180/131
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Pepper, Mabel, 1912 - , Interviewee, Female, Shoe factory worker; factory worker;
Speaker: Aucott, S., Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Recalls her early life in Belgrave, Leicester, and working for BTH during the Second World War. Describes her father's work as a chimney sweep and her mother's work as an untrained midwife. Describes people taking items to pawn. Recalls the Mission Hall in Belgrave, Bonfire Night, and Sunday school at Mellor Street. Describes her time at nursery school and at work, wages and poor working conditions. Recalls the start of the Second World War in 1939. Describes the experience of sleeping in an air raid shelter, food and clothing rationing, American soldiers, evacuees and celebrations on VE day.
Place of birth:
Education: Harrison Road school, Leicester;
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Chimney sweep
Mother's Occupation: Untrained midwife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s,1920s, 1930s, 1940s,
Language: English

Recording Date: 22/6/1985
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: No consent Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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