Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Clarke, Sylvia, 1922 - , Interviewee, Female, Nurse;
Speaker: Kirrane, S, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls how she came to England from Jamaica in 1959. Details finding work as nursing assistant, advice on joining a union and contacts who gave support. Recalls sending for 4 of her children to join her after 5 years and children's education. Talks about the West Indian community making their own social life before community centers. Mentions voluntary work in hospitals and prisons. Recalls missing her children at first and mentions her family and fostering children. Mentions only incident of prejudice experienced. Comments on financial reason for people not returning to the West Indies, why England was chosen and increase of understanding between black and white people.
Place of birth: Jamaica
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1960s, 197os, 1980s
Recording Date: 8/12/1986
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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