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Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

titleInterview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1
description38 minute 50 second interview with Beverley Haddon, longtime resident of Leicester, formerly an overlocker at various Leicester hosiery companies. The interview includes Beverley talking about her family background, leaving school at fifteen and beginning work at Corah's. She describes the division of labour by gender and recalls how the younger women spent their wages on clothes. She recalls working at Cherub's and finding the work boring and the atmosphere old fashioned. She remembers how the women hosiery workers became friends with Asian immigrants to the city, teaching them how to work the machines. Beverley lists some of the many jobs she has had over the years in various Leicester hospitals, and her work with the homeless and victims of domestic violence. She recalls some of the clubs and bars in what is now the cultural quarter and how young white women often mixed with young Afro-Caribbean men. She speaks about how the hosiery industry began to decline in the 1980s and 1990s.
publisherHulme, Tom
contributorsHaddon, Beverley
themesIndustry;Social life of the factory
Digitisation noteInterview recorded for 'Changing Industries in Leicester's Cultural Quarter', a collaboration between University of Leicester, Cuttlefish Multimedia Ltd and Phoenix. Courtesy East Midlands Oral History Archive. See for further details.
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CreatedWed, 07 May 2014
ModifiedWed, 10 Sep 2014 11:24