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1034, LO/389/340
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Shilcock, Dorothy, 1917 - , Interviewee, Female, Secretary, Clerical worker
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Describes family background, joining committee at CWS Printing Works, meeting husband at Moat Road Night School. Outlines progress from school to CWS Printing Works. Describes attitudes to unions at the time, work done by works committee, social divisions at work. Describes Leicester League of Youth [junior branch of Labour Party], supporting war in Spain, disrupting influence of Communists on League. Mention of conference at home of Lord Farringdon, Labour peer. Describes work as secretary at Desford Boy's School from 1940. Talks about visiting families in slums of Birmingham, London, describes conditions. Mentions the cases of a couple of boys. Talks about keeping records at Desford, describes a holiday to Abergele, Wales, with 260 boys. Mentions various committees at Desford and being a member of three unions at the time. Talks about attending adult education courses at Vaughan College, improvements in 1960s. Describes job at University of Leicester from 1955, lack of interest in unions among clerical staff, how National Association of Local Government Officers (NALGO) improved pay and pension provision.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Melbourne Road School, Moat Road Intermediate School, Wyggeston Grammar School
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Engineer
Mother's Occupation: Dress maker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Desford, Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Language: English

Recording Date: 2/7/1987
Playing time: 57 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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