Papers of Josie Castle, sociologist, on Coventry women's employment

Scope and Content

Tape recordings and correspondence from 1984, about experiences between 1920-40.

Administrative / Biographical History

The material derives from research undertaken in 1984 by Josie Castle of the University of Wollongong into the experiences of women workers at Courtaulds and GEC in Coventry, 1920-40. Eight women were interviewed or replied by letter.

The interviews formed part of an integrated survey into women's work in Coventry factories between the two world wars. They formed the basis of Mrs Castle's chapter published in 1986 in Bill Lancaster & Tony Mason, eds., 'Life & labour in a twentieth century city: the experience of coventry'(Cryfield press, n.d.).

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Mrs Castle's permission must be sought for the publication of information derived from the interviews. Her e-mail address is

Other Finding Aids

Custodial History

The material was deposited in the Centre by Mrs Josie Castle.

Related Material

The Centre also holds research papers of Colleen Chesterman on Coventry women's employment.