Brown, Cynthia (8 of 31). Oral History of Oral History
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2014-01-20, 2014-02-26, 2014-04-02, 2014-05-22, 2014-06-03, 2014-09-16, 2014-10-28, 2014-11-26, 2015-01-07, 2015-02-17
Brown, Cynthia (speaker, female)
Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)
Part 8: After that went to Vaughan College which was the adult education centre for the University of Leicester. Did a WEA course on castles, crusades and Christendom, then one on Richard III. Wanted a challenge and enrolled on a short course on popular protest in the 18th Century. Teaching was inclusive. Then she enrolled on a new three year certificated history course in 1982. Describes the content of the course - 18th Century to present day. Final year had a residential weekend at Ruskin College, Oxford. After a two year gap she decided to enrol on a full time economic and social history degree at Leicester University. She had decided she would investigate the systems of government in the European Community. Wasnt going anywhere academically so decided to do the degree in 1985. She did economic history, politics and sociology in her first year. Did not get on too well with Sociology or Politics. [15:40] John was made redundant which caused concern but tutor was sympathetic. Father also ill during the course. Worried about being a mature student but got on well with other students. Most of the degree was looking at the work of historians with very little primary source research until dissertation. Also did statistics as part of the course. Saw the value of use of statistics but struggled. Didnt know what she wanted to do after the degree. Still working as a school governor and the head teacher was supportive. She got a First.
Life story interview with Cynthia Brown, museum oral historian and former Project Manager of the East Midlands Oral History Archive