Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Matthews, Joy Margaret, 1926 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Brief mention of Braunstone Hall School, Leicester. Recalls father travelling abroad with Stibbes engineering. Describes job as runabout at Jarvis' hosiery, learning to overlock on Wilcox and Gibbs machine, making artificial silk underwear, wages, conditions. Mentions Jarvis moving to W Baker during Second World War (WWII); music while working, sunlamp treatment, making underwear, going to cinema from work. Talks about Anderson shelters, American soldiers, names dances such as 'Palais Glide'. Mentions Baker's adopting a submarine. Describes work at Kempton's, changes due to WWII, reaction to foreign workers while at Hall and Earles'. Brief mention of Kempton's new factory on Burley's Way. Mentions gaining pay rises through union, work outings. Brief mention of work at Goldbergs, instructing girls at Kempton's.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Braunstone Hall School, Folville Rise School, King Richard's Road School
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughter: 1
Father's Occupation: Hosiery worker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Recording Date: 21/9/1988
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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