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People of Portsmouth:
The 20th Century in Their Own Words

John Stedman (ed.)

This remarkable oral history of the 20th century in Portsmouth, compiled by Portsmouth Museums and Records Service together with leading local historians, offers a fascinating insight into the experience of life during the recent past. The many voices that have been recorded provide an intimate, authentic portrait of Portsmouth and its people, with chapters focusing on the key stages in personal life stories – on childhood, courtship, sex and marriage, family life, old age and death. Earning a living plays a principal role in the story and there are first-hand accounts of working conditions and of Portsmouth’s varied occupations – from knife-grinding, corset-making, aircraft manufacture and market gardening to police work, shop work and, of course, work in Portsmouth's dockyard. The book also looks back to the entertainments and leisure pursuits of their day, including the seaside, cinemas, cafes, sports, music, dancing, the pub and the coming of television.

 

 

 

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