Walker, Audrey (2 of 15) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2004-09-01, 2004-09-02

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's home, Pembrokeshire

  • Interviewees

    Walker, Audrey, 1928- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: Tape 1 (F15801) Side B: Comments on parents Marriage, mentions their still-born child. Father's job at Workington Brewery. Remarks on going to work with father. Description of father: mentions his artificial leg, father never talked about the War, his health problems caused by gassing, hobbies. Remarks on parents' good relationship, mentions them singing 'In a Monastery Garden'. Remarks on mother's volatile character and AW's difficult relationship with her. Description of mother's looks, her smart dresses. Comments on wanting to read rather than sew and wanting to rebel from being a good domestic girl. Remarks on her extended family making things. Mother not interested in reading, no books in the home. Description of mothers moral code: not owing money. AW an only child. Remarks on Mother talking about her still-born baby and the health risks of having AW. Reflections on the affects of being an only child. Description of AW's childhood homes: a rented terraced house and a bought newly built semi-detached house. Description of father's re-decoration of the sitting room. Father never mentioned his father. Description of AW's daily routine as a child. Remarks on learning to read aged four and AW's love of her local state school. Description of performing poems in English classes and having her drawing pinned upon the wall. Remarks on playing with jigsaws, ludo and dolls. Description of AW's love of dancing. Description of AW's dolls house, remarks on her loathing of a doll which was an advertisement for Singer sewing machines. Story about AW cutting her friend's hair off. Remarks on parents social life, they rarely drank alcohol. Mentions trips to the cinema with father. Remarks on father belonging to the Conservative Club, AW's left wing politics. Comments on mother's politics and her worried reaction when AW joined the Labour Party.

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