Howard, Pamela (4 of 11)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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  • Recording date

    2006-06-26, 2006-07-13, 2006-08-09, 2006-08-14

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    Various locations, London

  • Interviewees

    Howard, Pamela 1939- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Wright, Elizabeth (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 4: Comments about being considered a difficult child. Perception of the world. The experience of living through war; lack of memory about sisters as children. Behaviour at school; attending Edgbaston College for Girls. Difficulties when PH moved to Kings Norton Grammar School for Girls [KNGS]. Story about making costumes for sisters; age gap between PH and sisters; feelings of dislocation; recreating the way of living in Newcastle. Preserving refugee culture and tradition whilst also moving towards integration; expressing non-conformity through painting and drawing; drawing as a child; the response of adults to PH’s painting and reading. The books PH read as a child; ‘The Children’s Encyclopaedia’ by Arthur J. Mee. Contrast between the books read by PH and by her grandchildren. Enjoying solitary pastimes. Description of the cot made for PH by her grandfather; not remembering holidays; sisters’ memories of holidays to Cromer, Sheringham and the Isle of Wight. Staying in touch with family in Newcastle by post; getting a phone in the early 1950s and a television in 1952. Moving to the second family home in Birmingham; parents’ lack of practical abilities around the house. Wanting to leave home as soon as possible. Remark about being expelled from school at 15.

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    Life story interview with Pamela Howard (1939-), theatre designer.

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