Servant in service 1930s Millom Museum

  • Description

    MY LIFE AT HOME AND MY WORK AS A SERVANT A lady explains how life was for her as a child at home. She explains how she left school at 14 years old in 1933 to work in service (as a servant) in the “big house”. It was a privilege to record this lady, now deceased, who will forever be remembered in these clips. She was in service to the gentry, the true life of upstairs downstairs. She was a barefoot child who could only go to school when the police charity ball funded her clogs. Her father was a night-soil cleaner at a time when toilets were a shared convenience. She explains the intimate and the odd and makes us realise how easy our modern life is. There must be many older people who have similar interesting stories to tell and it is our duty and privilege to record and communicate their stories. You can help save our community’s memories by talking to old people and recording on your camera or phone or computer and sending it to Sadly this fascinating lady has died but her story shows how important it is to act now to preserve unique and unrepeatable memories. Please visit to view images and video. For further information please contact peterincumbria at gmail dot com. Created / Uploaded by Peter Nicholson
  • Owner

    Industrial Heritage
  • Source

    Youtube (Youtube)
  • License

    What does this mean? Standard Youtube License
  • Further information

    Resource type: Video
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 4 years, 2 months ago
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    Picture Taken: Unknown
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