Royal Voluntary Service
Here is a selection of edited audio clips from some of our oral history interviews. These have been conducted with various residents and other individuals so far within the project where they live. Whilst the overall theme is of ‘work’ within the borough the individuals taking part are encouraged to freely talk about any related memories or anecdotes that they feel are of importance to them and which others might also find of interest.
Kind thanks to all of those who gave their time to talk to us.
The participants contributing within these audio clips are:
David Luff (Colliers Wood), Zigi Sinnette, Jim Goddard, Sandra Hall, Ian Veacock, Joyce Veacock, Lorraine O'Halloran, Frank Starkey, Vera Starkey, Helen McNamara (High Path), Mark Pickett (Watermeads), Brenda Josiah (Phipps Bridge), Arthur Brice, Wade Brice (New Close), Doreen Rigsby, Madeleine Healey, Ted Bates (Morden), Irene Burroughs (Mitcham), Lillian Long (Mary Tate Cottages, Cricket Green).
Explore the recordings below to hear people’s spoken history and recollections from years gone by.
Working at the Liberty Print Works in the 1950s & 1960s
Historic Records of the Wandle Valley
The Life of a Working Woman in the early 20th Century
Mitcham's Belt of Factories
Family connections to Old Industries
The workers community at The Liberty Works
How Wimbledon and Micham have Changed Over The Years
Van Boy at Renshaw's 1936
New Home on the Edge of Urbanisation 1934
Mother's Job as a Seamstress & Royalty
Corfield’s Saucepans & Artificial Legs
First Job as a Cobbler
Growing Up in Mitcham
Lorraine O'Halloran & Ian Veacock
1940s at Liberty's
Mary Tate Cottages, Cricket Green
Memories of the Farm
Very Local Jobs
Palmers Iron Foundry
Ted Bates at Palmers
Factory Explosion & Redskin Village
Downs Surgical Instruments