Singing all day long: Oral History and the Colchester Rag Trade, 1890-1950

  • Sat 16 Nov 19

    14:00 - 16:00

  • Colchester Campus

    Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall

  • Event speaker

    Andrew Phillips

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    The Dudley White Local History Lecture

  • Event organiser

    History, Department of

  • Contact details

    Professor Alison Rowlands

Leading Colchester historian Andrew Phillips uses oral history interviews to explore the history of the town's clothing trade and its workers.

The 2019 Dudley White Local History Lecture will be given by eminent historian of Colchester and University of Essex Community Fellow, Andrew Phillips. Andrew will draw on his rich knowledge of Colchester's social history and a wealth of oral history material taken from personal interviews with workers in the town's clothing-trade to paint a vivid picture of what life was like for them between 1890 and 1950.

Did they really sing all day long, or were they ground down by their working conditions? What did they earn, and how did they combine work and family life? And did their experiences and opportunities change over the period in question? In his lecture, Andrew will use interview clips from the Colchester Recalled Oral History Archive to help us gain a better sense of the lives and personalities of these past inhabitants of our local community.

This event will be of interest to members of the University and the wider local community who are interested in oral history, social history and the history of Colchester. It will be introduced by Professor Alison Rowlands, who will also chair the Q&A with Andrew.

The event is free, however please register your attendance via Eventbrite.

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