Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Wright, Olive, 1911 - , Interviewee, Female, Domestic Service; Munitions work;
Speaker: Aucott, Shirley, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls childhood and being brought up in a children's home in Yorkshire following the death of her mother during the First World War. Describes in detail the harsh conditions and regimes in the Central Children's and Scattered Children's homes. Recalls going into domestic service on a farm at the age of fourteen. Describes in detail the various post she had in domestic service between the ages of 14 and 29. Recalls the uniform worn, the tasks, and the discipline and isolation of domestic work. Talks about relief at moving into munitions work in Lancashire, during the Second World War and meeting her husband. Recalls further memories of the conditions in the children's homes.
Place of birth: Thirsk, Yorkshire
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Yorkshire, Lancashire
Location: Town/Place: York
Recording Date: 1/7/1985
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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