Brown, Cynthia (20 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 20: Rob Perks was their HLF monitor. More contact with him than HLF. Very little response from them which was a bit disappointing. Some collections from village societies were good. An individual collection about the hosiery industry in Hinckley was very useful as they had nothing on the industry, interviews at a Sikh gurdwara. Produced the Leicester Voices book which wasnt part of HLF targets. [12:20] Winding down at the end of the project. Vice Chancellors £20,000 was help-ful but a one off. Cynthia applied for a workforce development job in EMMLAC in 2004. Staff found other jobs quite easily. There was an underspend and HLF allowed a six month extension. Colin remained. Disappointments as a lot of work remained to be done. [20:10] Describes what she did at EMMLAC. She felt she was one step removed from where she wanted to be. They got funding off the EU for entrepneurial development of the independent museums. Describes what they did. Felt it was making a difference as opposed to some of the strategic documents they had to deal with. EMMLAC was based in the centre of Leicester 15-16 staff. Late 2003 they had an organisational review. By this time Cynthia had become a union rep along with another colleague. In the review she would get promotion. She was not enamoured and asked for early retirement which was refused. She decided to resign. She felt liberated after making the decision. Talks about other peoples approach to retirement. Still doing bits of fee paid work up to and beyond her pension.
Life story interview with Cynthia Brown, museum oral historian and former Project Manager of the East Midlands Oral History Archive