Howard, Pamela (2 of 11) An Oral History of Theatre Design
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2006-06-26, 2006-07-13, 2006-08-09, 2006-08-14
Various locations, London
Howard, Pamela 1939- (speaker, female)
Wright, Elizabeth (speaker, female)
Part 2: Comments about those in charge at NJO; their role in getting father to CFS. Values instilled in children at NJO. Description of what happened to father having left NJO. Mention of father’s job apprenticed to an assayist; as a salesman for Avery weighing scale manufacturers. Story about how father and mother met. Father’s attitude to religion; political beliefs. Story about father’s attempt to establish a joke religion whilst in the army in Egypt. Description of father’s appearance; mother’s appearance. PH’s feelings about mother’s death aged 62. PH’s relationship with father as a child. [0:10:05] Origins of mother’s family in Gatowski near Minsk, Belorussia. Story about assignment of surnames to Jewish immigrants. Being a child in a large inter-married family. PH’s confusion about what a father was; influence of PH’s two architect uncles; other creative influences in the family. Description of maternal grandfather, a cabinet maker; story about his immigration to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne; grandparents’ lifestyle. Story about going to have tea with the only English girl on the street. [0:19:33] Further description of father’s return in 1946. Understanding of the holocaust as a child; PH’s reaction to father’s return. Story about father’s decision to move to Birmingham. Description of the house where PH lived in Fenham, Newcastle. Comment about PH as a rebel with a cause. Stories about time spent in Anderson Shelter. Comparison of feelings towards spending time alone then and now.
Life story interview with Pamela Howard (1939-), theatre designer.