Oral History collection: Mrs Betty Davies interviewed by Unidentified interviewer about Mrs Davies's father worked in the tinplate works in Pontardawe. He went to Russia 1913-1917 to train Russians to make tinplate. Mrs Davies worked at Brynheulog House, Pontardawe, as a servant.

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 216 D/D SCS 17/15
  • Dates of Creation
      3 Apr. 1996
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 audio recording on cassette; also digital copy in MP3 format

Scope and Content

Track 1. [00:03:13] Industrial Health: Many workers had eye problems, heat wrecked eyes. [00:03:39] Industry: Gantry drivers: women, in 1940s, war. [00:04:08] Industry: Women into works in war. [00:04:55] Industry: Misleading old film, wrong clothing worn by women. [00:05:22] Industry: Female work clothes. [00:05:38] Industry: Doublers work clothes. [00:07:13] Retail: Ellis The Drapers supplied materials for scarves. [00:07:40] Leisure: Post-work 10 pints on way home. [00:08:16] Industry: Shift patterns. [00:08:21] Leisure: Licensing hours continuous, for shift patters. [00:09:42] Industry: No canteen facilities in works. [00:10:12] Leisure: Ginger beer recipe. [00:12:59] Industry: Work & shift patterns - works "slept" on weekends. [00:16:50] Russian Industry: Interviewee's father sent to Imperial Russia as tinplate instructor in WW1, escaped post-Revolution in Moscow. [00:20:06] Russian Revolution: Curfew. [00:21:20] Russian Revolution: Escape by train (28 days) to Vladivostock, ship to USA, train to east, ship to UK. [00:24:57] Leisure: Roller skating in Pontardawe pre-WW1. [00:27:01] Leisure: Rugby in Pontardawe. [00:27:57] Leisure: Houdini in Pontardawe, c1930[00:?]. [00:29:37] Industry: Pre & post shift crowds. [00:30:43] Industry: Suicides and accidents. [00:31:49] Industry: Opinions of Gilbertsons good. [00:33:58] Class: Deference expected. [00:37:00] Domestic Service: Interviewee in service at age 15, 1936, £1/5/0d pw pre-war. [00:41:55] Class: Domestic arrangements of wealthy in 1930s.

Track 2. [00:00:02] Land Use: Fate of great house of Lewis family. [00:07:14] Diet: Lewis family diet - brains, sheeps' heads. [00:07:49] Diet: Meat joint useage. [00:14:30] Leisure: Written for author Iris Gower - account of work done on days off. [00:16:40] Immigration: Chinese immigrants in Swansea.