Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Marlow, Hilda, 1909 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Money, A, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls childhood in Thurmaston, Leicestershire. Describes feeling left out when joined Corah's hosiery [Leicester], changing to Wolsey where learnt mending. Mentions unpleasant forelady, mechanic who couldn't fix machines properly, pay, hours, unions gaining tea break, learning mending; talk about mending, sloppy menders. Mentions fight between Polish women, good atmosphere and relations with management. Talks about Bedeaux system strike, describes short time at work in 1920s, mentions men's and women's jobs. Talks about housework, lack of money, neighbours helping each other. Recalls feeling lost when retired, taking on work ay home for Wolsey. Talks about Americans, prisoners of war, shelters during Second World War. Describes working with nylon, stockings, married women working, pilfering.
Place of birth: Thurmaston, Leicestershire
Education: Thurmaston Church of England School
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Painter and decorator, crane driver
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Thurmaston
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 13/9/1988
Playing time: 1 hr 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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