Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: McAlister, Vera, 1923 - , Interviewee, Female, Domestic Service; Canteen Worker; Cook;
Speaker: Aucott, S., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls move into domestic service from dressmaking work with her mother, in Northamptonshire. Describes domestic service work at the outbreak of the Second World War in small private household, including the billeting of evacuees and army personnel in the house. Describes the housekeeping, cleaning and cooking she had to do, uniform worn, pay and how she was treated by her employers. Illustrates the class divide between employer and domestic servant. Recalls move into works canteen and preference for this employment. Gives detail of various home remedies.
Place of birth: Welford, Northamptonshire
Education: to age 14.
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Mother's Occupation: Dressmaker
Location: County: Northamptonshire
Location: Town/Place: Welford
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s,
Recording Date: 21/8/1985
Playing time: 40 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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