Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Sheffield, Doris May, 1903 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery worker, baker
Speaker: Faragher, V, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Brief family background in Coalville, Leicestershire. Describes hours, pay, work as a mender in hosiery in Shepshed, then Wolsey [Coalville]. Talks about job at local Co-operative bakehouse, having to leave when men returned from First World War; brief mention of first job as milliner's apprentice. Mention of husband being Roman Catholic, she Church of England, but not a problem. Recalls earnings going to parents, father earning little as miner, few other jobs in Coalville. Talks about work at Wolsey, varying rates of pay, attitudes to married women working. Comments on men's attitude to women generally, some not thinking much of their wives, some drinking; women's work not valued. Describes how Second World War enabled more women to work with greater pay. Describes hearing the blitz on Coventry, distinguishing between aeroplanes, having bombs fall nearby.
Place of birth: Coalville, Leicestershire
Education: To age 13
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughter: 1
Father's Occupation: Miner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Coalville, Shepshed
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s
Recording Date: 27/5/1988
Playing time: 1 hr 15 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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