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Brooks, Margaret (5 of 8).  Oral History of Oral History

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    2013-02-12, 2013-04-09, 2013-05-15, 2013-07-16, 2013-09-053-07-17, 2013-09-24, 2013-11-13, 2013-12-04, 2014-01-22, 2014-02-19

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    The British Library

  • Interviewees

    Brooks, Margaret (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 5: [Session three: 15 May 2013] The munitions workers project expanded into wartime occupations. Women doing mens work. Important to have a spread of interviewees depending on the project. Some occasional trips abroad to interview, mainly France. [13:50] They had acquired other collections. Mentions someone who had recorded the African troops in East Africa during the First World War. Recorded in Kikuyu and Swahili. They also acquired the interviews from The World at War series. Other television or radio programmes have been acquired but sometimes whole interviews have been handed to them (we sought these interviews; they didn't normally simply fall into our laps) [21:00] Refugees project, mostly people who had come from occupied Europe to the UK starting with pre WW2. Mainly Jewish but certain professions as well. Margaret was taking on more of Davids work. He decided to go to Australia with his new wife and resigned. Margaret was on maternity leave at the time and came in to be interviewed. Reflects upon his achievements.

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    Life story interview with Margaret Brooks, former archivist and head of the Imperial War Museum’s Sound Archive.

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