Brown, Cynthia (11 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 11: When John came up to Leicester he was working for an engineering company . Then after a number of other jobs he was working for a hosiery company. The timing of the redundancy was not good. John went to Leicester Polytechnic as a caretaker then he became a premises officer, finally a building manager when he retired. Cynthia got her degree but with no expectation of a career. First job after university was as a tourist information officer on a six months contract. Describes the job and people who came in for information. Talks about what they sold from theTIC. [20:10] Computers being introduced mainly for holiday bookings. When this job was coming to an end in 1989 a former tutor contacted her to see if she was interested in writing a history of Northampton from 1835 onwards. Describes the work undertaken in research and writing and what she used as reference material. She used to meet with the Chief Executive to update him on progress. Mentions her purse being stolen in the library. Worked a chapter plan with alternative chapters being on local government and more general issues. It took 18 months to research and write. [37:30] Did not have time to do any oral history herself. Mentions doing an update to the Victoria County History for Corby and used the oral history collection in Northampton Library for that as well as newspaper collections. Quite isolating work. Talks about a tour of Northampton for new employees which helped her research. Talks about how she put all the information together into chapters. [50:30] Borough Council contracted with Phillimore. She used to send them a floppy disk and a manuscript. A disaster on the last chapter when the data was lost.
Life story interview with Cynthia Brown, museum oral historian and former Project Manager of the East Midlands Oral History Archive