Walker, Audrey (3 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 3: Tape 2 (F15802) Side A: Mentions parents reading 'The Daily Mail'. Remarks on MW's move to the left as a post war art student. Comments on mother's financial situation after father's death and the expense of father's medical treatment. Mother took in lodgers. Description of mother's good cooking and her weekly routine. Mentions AW's chores around the house. Remarks on mother' focus on AW after father's death. Description of secondary school. Story about sewing teacher's bad teaching. Story about the art teacher, Norman Dickinson, belittling AW and AW's second art teacher Morris Campbell-Taylor who recommended AW to art college. Description of enjoying taking the Eleven Plus. Remarks on the low impact of the Second World War on Oswestry. Mentions the evacuees. Remarks on AW's arguments with teachers, her dislike of domestic science and her feeling she was being driven into domestic obedience. Remarks on her experiments with make up, mentions wanting to be like Veronica Lake Comments on disliking sport and escaping to the art room. Description of art classes. Remarks on never having been to a gallery or concert before attending art college. Comments on the benefits of being at college with ex-service men. Description of father's death: AW's blank in her memory, not attending his funeral, mother's reaction, father's employer's concern for mother, their gift of Guinness. Story about father's membership of the Masons and mother's refusal of their offer to privately educate AW. Description of Brewery where father worked. Description of Sundays at home. Mentions reading Black Beauty, Ann of Green Gables and Little Women. Mentions AW's friend Daphne. Mentions going to local dances. Remarks on not knowing anything about sex and mother's poor advice. Remarks on wanting to be an artist and enjoying drawing and painting at school. Comments on not wanting to paint Cumbrian landscapes. Description of the local landscape.

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