Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Robinson, Dorothy, 1911 - , Interviewee, Female, Machinist, Constituency agent
Speaker: Lee, Liza, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Outlines being born crippled, in and out of hospital to age 14. Explains father's job as clicker in shoe trade. Describes a basic education, going to chapel on Sundays. Mentions soldiers billeted in home during First World War, being fined in blackout, rationing, food shortages, job shortages at end of war. Describes becoming machinist in shoe trade. Talks about courtship, marriage. Mentions Al Jolson in first talking picture at cinema. Describes joining Labour Party, 1945, becoming agent for Melton Constituency, being on Rural District Councils for Barrow, Charnwood. Mentions voluntary work in Sileby area [Leicestershire], disagreements with urban Labour people at Charnwood.
Place of birth: Northamptonshire
Education: To age 14
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Clicker in shoe trade
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Sileby
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 16/4/1987
Playing time: 27 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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