Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Hillier, Emma, 1899 - , Interviewee, Female, Domestic service;
Speaker: Kirrane, S, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls growing up in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire and Belper, Derbyshire. Describes her immediate family and one of the houses they lived in. Recalls school and games played. Gives details about her mother and how she came to marry her miner father, her father's work and doing laundry. Recalls coming to Leicester at 16 to work in domestic service. Describes move to Sheffield and the household she worked for. Describes feelings about Leicester and meeting her husband. Recalls return to Leicester and working for Wolsey hosiery factory. Describes how she came to marry and there first home. Recalls birth of daughter. Mentions rationing during the Second World War and air raid shelters. Mentions trade unions, herbs and not having holidays as a child.
Place of birth: Hucknall, Nottinghamshire
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughters: 1
Father's Occupation: Miner
Location: County: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Hucknall,
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 11/9/1986
Playing time: 47 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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