- 1999 (Creation)
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Ronald Johnston was born and brought up in Glasgow. He worked in various manual jobs before embarking on an academic career in social history, advancing to Reader at Glasgow Caledonian University. His main research interests lie in 19th and 20th century British history, especially the history of work and of occupational health. He is the author/co-author of three academic books and over thirty journal articles.
Johnston left academia in 2011 to concentrate on independent research and writing. His first novel, 'The red list', draws on his extensive knowledge of the West of Scotland during the period when it gained the title 'Red Clydeside'. His pen name is James Johnston.
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Conversation between R Johnston and the 66 year-old widow of an electrical engineer who had recently died of mesothelioma, 22 March 1999.
Consent form A20, formerly coded B1.
The participant's husband was exposed to asbestos in the 1950s while working on a demolition contract. Interview also contains interesting testimony regarding her overseas’ work experience.