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Kingscott, Judith (3 of 12).  Oral History of Oral History

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  • Recording date

    2010-03-15, 2010-04-19, 2010-05-17, 2010-06-21, 2010-07-26, 2010-09-13

  • Interviewees

    Kingscott, Judith, 1939- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 3: [Session two: 19 April 2010] Movement was called The Cadets Of Temperance, a national organisation similar to the Band Of Hope. It was not religious, purely no alcohol. Parents were superficial churchgoers, went only occasionally. Mothers inspiration, only the youngest went, elder brother was let off. Went to the Brownies for a couple of weeks. Didnt go to youth clubs, went to the Girls Friendly Society with people from school for a while. Run by the church, it was just a name, not overly religious. Went for a couple of years, more as a place to meet. After this set up own group as a group of friends, would meet and play table tennis and go on local walks. The biggest group was 10 or 12, 7 or 8 went on walks. Went youth hostelling aged 13 for 4 or 5 days. [04.10] Mother and father were born in 1910; mum in January and dad in February. Went on honeymoon on 31st December 1962, came back and moved here (across the road). This was husbands mothers house. Was born in the wooden bungalow and moved here into a new build, a jerry built house, a brick short all round, it was not ideal but was at least in a posh street. Eventually Judy sold that house to a couple who worked for them, they refitted it. [06:21] Didnt have a job when she came home from honeymoon, a lady down the street, her husband worked at a lace company. He got her a job in the office. They were a finishing company, sent lace out for dying and cutting; mainly edging. It was sent out to ladies at home who worked down each length scalloping, it was piece work. The lace was factory made, went to Nottingham for bleaching and dyeing and then sent out locally for edging. These factories have all gone now. There were still factories in Long Eaton at the time. In the mid 19th century, Nottingham lace factories expanded into the local area. The canal and railways were here so it was useful. It was an industrial town, piano and furniture manufacturers. [09:35] The company was called J.W Turner and Co. it was a small company, occupying part of an office building. They had six or seven employees. The carding of lace was done on the site but all else was sent out. One lady organised outworkers from Nottingham. This happened in several factories, remembers the lady next door was an outworker for a piano factory. The wages were low, they had to work hard but could stay home. [11:40] Describes her work at the company. Got pregnant. In the winter of 1962/3. When she left she bought some of the lace but was asked whether she had paid for it. [14:20] Her husband bought a news agency in Long Eaton just before they married. He also began to translate for a living. Long Eaton Advertiser where he was employed. Mentioned Co-ops last horse dying in the shafts and selling the article. The paper has now closed leaving a void. Mentions Ilkeston Advertiser taking Long Eaton news. [20:00] Further mentions husbands business including buying a music shop. News agency sold about 1978. Shop is on Derby Road, now a home brew shop. Husband sold the agency business which was then moved to Bingham. [23:00] Had first baby and went back to work for a few hours for husband in translation business. Staff and work employed in translation. Three children Roger born in 1963, Sally in 1965 and Lawrence in 1967. Lived with her mother in law, her parents still lived opposite. [29:10] Sawley Historical Society formed in 1983. Geoff is Treasurer and she is joint Secretary. Did a WEA course in 1967 on the village of Sawley declining and Long Easton rising. Had spoken to a local farmer but was taking notes. Always interested in local history. Did evening classes locally A Level in English. Describes how she got her qualifications. [36:20] When her husbands firm was taken over she decided to go to university. First got a job working for the information officer at Loughborough University. English and History A Levels then university. [37:20] Company named Kingscott Translations then when taken over by Walmica. Describes her husbands role after takeovers. He worked in Modena in Italy for a while. [40;02] Worked for John Delling who as well as Information Officer was education correspondent for New Scientist and science correspondent for the TES. Libraries and Information Dept where he lectured once a week. Describes how the college came together from various sites. Worked there for a year and a half. Had to call him Mr Delling certainly in public. Mentions going to a conference with her husband in London organised by the TES. [48:00] Had a previous six-month contract with Nottinghamshire County Council working on a project to look at childcare across the country. Describes the work and where they visited. Mentions allergy problems and tests. Project based in a childrens home at Stapleford. Rationale of the project was to get the Deputy Director out of the way. [58:35] Had thought of teacher training along with a neighbour but decided to do archaeology. Had to do history and archaeology at Nottingham. Describes the problems of a joint course with two separate departments. Fieldwork in the holidays went on a ten day training course in Gloucestershire before she started the course on a dig at a hill fort site. Describe the English A Level course. [1:09:20] Further describes the mismatch between the departments. Dig at Crickley Hill [1:14.20] Got a job with Nottinghamshire as an oral historian. Interviewed a farmer in Sawley for the WEA course and wrote a chapter in a book as a result. Everyone took a topic, Judy was the only one interviewing but without tape recorders. He had retired and his farm was demolished and housing built on the land. The course was in 1966/7. No oral history on the Nottingham course. Had not heard of oral history. Nottingham was a bit of everything medieval onwards. [1:24:30] Got a 2.2 degree. Some criticisms of the course.

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    Life story interview with Judith Kingscott, former oral history lead at Nottinghamshire Libraries.

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