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1010, LO/365/316
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Aucott, Shirley, 1947 - , Interviewee, Female, Lecturer
Speaker: Kirrane, S, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Describes Churchgate area of Leicester where father owned Apexcraft model shop. Mentions various shops, pubs, cafes. Explains how father set up shop. Recalls Hazledene High School, uniform, being teased about 'humbug' blazers, failings of school academically. Describes hairdressing apprenticeship at 'Hair Fashions of Leicester', owned by Eileen and Frank Wilds. Describes playing on 'Stadium Estate', modern appliances in the home, 1950s popular culture, shopping at the Co-op, going to various cinemas, such as the Carlton, in Leicester. Explains reason for move to Rothley, Leicestershire. Briefly recalls 'village hop'. Talks about teenage social life in Leicester, mentioning clubs such as 'The Vic', 'Il Rondo', 'The Chameleon', fashions, music. Describes career progression through further education, Postgraduate Certificate in Education, to joining Leicester Oral History Archive as manager. Outlines the situation when joined, her feminist outlook, achievement of making project more secure. Reflects on upbringing of daughter, value of education.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Hazeldene High School, Fosse Road North, Leicester
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughter: 1
Father's Occupation: Shopkeeper
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Language: English

Recording Date: 2/4/1987
Playing time: 1 hr 10 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference: EM/53, EM/109

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