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893, LO/257/208
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Anon, 1897 - , Interviewee, Female, Nun
Speaker: Flawith, Janet, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Describes how she followed mother's friends and came to Nottingham from Ireland, age 16, to enter convent. Talks about the rules, difficulties adjusting, the daily routine, clothing particularly the habit and jobs. Describes trepidation at outbreak of First World War and the importance of the nuns exercising free will in visiting soldiers. Talks about making her final vows, what this entailed, and how things are different at the time of interview. Describes teaching in the Potteries during Second World War and the poor conditions for people in the 1930s. Reflects on her vocation, growing older, and changes in nuns' lives such as those brought on by the Second Vatican Council (1962). Remembers life in the country in Ireland as simple, people got along. Mentions nephew's market garden.
Place of birth: Ireland
Education: Irish National school
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Nottinghamshire
Location: Town/Place: Nottingham
Periods Covered: 1900s,1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Language: English

Recording Date: 4/3/1986
Playing time: 1 hr 1 min
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
Cross Reference:

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