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972, LO/327/278
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Anon, 1911 - , Interviewee, Female, Factory worker; Cleaner; Farm worker;
Speaker: Kirrane, S., Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Recalls family and working on family farm in Montserrat, West Indies. Details coming to join brother in Leicester in 1956, the journey and first impressions. Mentions finding work and moving to cleaning job at the General Hospital, where she worked with other women from the West Indies. Recalls having appendicitis and losing her job. Recalls brother sending for his children. Comments on social life. Describes meeting her husband. Details attending church as a child and compares food in England and Montserrat. Describes seeing snow for first time, adjusting to the cold and marriage. Details job in hosiery factory where she experienced racism. Comments she did not intend staying in England and would like to return to Montserrat one day.
Place of birth: Montserrat, West Indies
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Farmer
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Language: English

Recording Date: 5/12/1986
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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