Midwife's Tale: Ken Wright

Scope and Content

Transcript of an interview with Ken Wright covering his memories of his mother and her many pregnancies during the 1920s, father's occupation as a fisherman then labourer, living conditions for such a large family, mother's training as a fever nurse and her role in the community as untrained midwife and to lay out the dead, wartime experiences, and his own experience as a nurse at the Yarmouth Naval Hospital.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ken Wright is a nurse and the brother of Florence Wright. he lived near Reading and he and his wife had four children. Ken relates memories of growing up in Great Yarmouth, where his mother Alice Wright was a handywoman. Alice had 13 children, three of whom died.

Conditions Governing Access

Transcripts and Sample Audio: Free to view and download from the website of the Royal College of Midwives: https://www.rcm.org.uk/library-and-information-services

Audio of Full Interviews: Accessible for free and by appointment at the library of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

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Copies for private study purposes only are available from the Archivist (contact: archives@rcog.org.uk). Copyright permission is required for commercial use of audio and transcripts.

Copyright lies with the authors Billie Hunter and Nicky Leap.

Related Material

The Midwife’s Tale: an Oral History from Handywoman to Professional Midwife, by Nicky Leap and Billie Hunter (2nd edition, 2013) [Available at the RCOG library, reference WQ11 LEA]