File 10 - Interview with Tommy Coulter

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GB 249 SOHC 6/10


Interview with Tommy Coulter


  • 12 January 2005 (Creation)

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1 compact cassette + 2 MP3 files + 1 MS Word file

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Dr Young studied history at the University of Strathclyde (BA, 2001). During 2005 she contributed to the oral history project 'Coal miners and dust-related disease', assisting in the interviewing and transcription process. She completed a PhD on 'Representation and reception: an oral history of gender in British children's story papers, comics and magazines in the 1940s and 1950s' (2006, University of Strathclyde).

As of 2017, she is a research associate at the University of Glasgow.

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(17 November 1960 – 8 April 2006)

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Neil Rafeek was born in London, the middle of three brothers. His father Taureq Rafeek was a town planner and the family regularly moved with his work. From London they moved to Bristol, then Edinburgh (where Neil attended primary school), then Sunderland. Neil Rafeek's experience at secondary school there prevented him from successfully completing his early education. Leaving with just one O-level, he entered the building trade to train as a bricklayer. Subsequently he enrolled at the University of Strathclyde as a mature student and went on to do a PhD on women in the Communist party in Scotland 1920-1991 (1998). It was the first oral history based PhD awarded in the Department of History. Rafeek actively helped to build, manage and run the Scottish Oral History Centre (SOHC) at Strathclyde.

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Neil Rafeek and Hilary Young in conversation with Lanarkshire, Stirling and Fife miner Tommy Coulter, Miners Convalescent Home, Culross, 12 January 2005.

  • sound recording (1 hour 14 minutes 31 seconds) and transcript

Interview C21.

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  • English

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