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Giving voice. An oral history of British women who qualified as speech therapists between 1945 and 1970.

  • GB 249 SOHC 37
  • Coleção
  • 2017 - 2019

Oral history project carried out by Jois Stansfield for MSc Health History at University of Strathclyde.

This is believed to be the first oral history of speech and language therapy in the UK. Early members of the speech and language therapy profession were recruited from retirement networks and via the professional body, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Interviews were held across England and Scotland, taking a life-story approach with each participant. Personal testimony, previously unheard, from these pioneers of the profession demonstrates the degree to which these women were products of their age, class and gender and the individual ways in which they negotiated challenges in their personal and professional lives.

Stansfield, Jois, b.1951, speech therapy historian

Oral history project on women’s experiences of work and closure at James Templeton & Company Ltd, Glasgow, c. 1960-1981

  • GB 249 SOHC 32
  • Coleção
  • May - September 2018

Oral history project, conducted in May - September 2018 by Rory Stride, with women formerly employed at James Templeton & Co., carpet manufacturers, between c. 1960 and 1981. A total of six women were interviewed. The interviews last approximately between 45 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes and were conducted at a variety of places across Scotland. The interview questions were semi-structured and largely directed by the responses of the participants.

The interviews focus on the women’s working lives and their first experiences of employment after secondary school but specifically exploring their experience of work at James Templeton & Co., the preeminent carpet manufacturers in Glasgow during the 1960s and 1970s. The company had seven factories, located in the east end and southside of Glasgow with the company’s Crown Street factory being the last to close in early 1981 when Templeton Carpets amalgamated with Stoddard Carpets. Topics discussed include trade unions, working conditions, gender divisions in labour, staff camaraderie, management and staff relationships, and periods of redundancy, unemployment and re-employment after leaving James Templeton & Co. The interviews also cover the women's feelings and opinions regarding the gentrification and redevelopment of the former headquarters and factory of James Templeton & Co. located at Templeton Street on the north eastern edge of Glasgow Green.

University of Strathclyde | Scottish Oral History Centre

Interview with Jackie Clydesdale

Recording and transcript of Jois Stansfield in conversation with Jackie Clydesdale on 14 September 2017 discussing her training and career as a speech therapist (qualified 1959), including her training and work overseas in countries including Canada, Australia, Africa, and Malta.

Interview with Jean Cooper Robinson

Recording and transcript of Jois Stansfield in conversation with Jean Cooper Robinson on 13 July 2018 discussing her training and career as a speech therapist (qualified 1952), including overseas work in Canada. They also discuss her involvement with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Interview with Mollie Donald

Recording and transcript of Jois Stansfield in conversation with Mollie (Mary) Donald on 06 April 2017 discussing her training and career as a speech therapist (qualified in 1950) and her Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists activity as representative for Scotland.

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