Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Goodacre, Lily, 1907 - , Interviewee, Female, Shoe trade worker
Speaker: Green, J, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Remembers father leaving for First World War, mother sole-sewing during war. Recalls drifting into shoe trade at Brown's factory, Leicester; describes pay, conditions, differences between 'workers' and 'staff'. Briefly describes jobs such as shoe closing at Henderson's. Talks about being in trade union from beginning, mentions moving through several different businesses staying longest at Hill and Cunningham's. Remembers men and women being treated equally. Talks about being 'advised' who to vote for at union elections, feeling an outsider at meetings, some members grumbling about paying subs, a walk out over a heating problem. Recalls making army boots during Second World War, lists departments in factory, briefly mentions health at work. Brief mention of union presidents May Goodwin, Belle Richardson. Mentions some shoes harder to make than others, gives examples. Brief mention of food eaten at home, lack of religious upbringing.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Father's Occupation: Shoe trade worker
Mother's Occupation: Tailor
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s
Recording Date: 25/6/1987
Playing time: 50 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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