Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Johnston, Elsie, 1893 - , Interviewee, Female, Teacher;
Speaker: McGrath, J, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Lansdown Road school, Leicester. Recalls Narborough Road area of Leicester and father being Headmaster of Lansdown Road school. Mentions move to Harrow Road and a female priest at the Free Christian Church. Recalls childhood incidents, games and attending school. Mentions move to Belgrave area in 1905 and scholarship to Oxford Street school prior to teachers training. Talks about her father as a headmaster. Mentions brother's education and career and how she attended Stockwell teacher Training College in London in 1911. Recalls the Boer War victory celebration, borrowing library books, learning to read and walking. Mentions letters sent by brother during the First World War and the effect of deaths of friends. Comments on time living in London, describes college and free time. Recalls marriage, interest in music she and husband shared, concerts at De Montfort hall. Describes wedding day in 1926. Mentions corporal punishment. Returns to interest in music and involvement with Humberstone Choral Society. Recalls Greenland Drive in Humberstone as house were being built.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Headmaster
Mother's Occupation: Teacher
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1890s, 1900s,1910s, 1920s, 1930s,
Recording Date: 13/10/1986
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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