Sheila Llewellyn: teaching

Deeks, Roger ORCID: 0000-0003-3012-8913 and Llewellyn, Sheila (2016) Sheila Llewellyn: teaching. [Audio] (Unpublished)

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Sheila was born in Thetford, moved to Dursley and then to Cinderford by the age of 8. After attending East Dean Grammar School, she spent two years undertaking teacher training in Birmingham (to teach infants). She worked for three years in Birmingham (Marston Green) before health issues prompted a return to Gloucestershire to live and work. She taught for several years at Coney Hill School, in Gloucester city, commuting each day from her family home in Cinderford. Sheila moved to teach at Walmer Hill School, remaining there until retirement at age 50. She was involved with the Guiding movement from age 10 (early entry to the Guides) on into adult life. Sheila was also involved with acting (Wesley Players, Cinderford) and the W.I. She was a close friend of Elsie Olivey, who was key mover in development of the Dean Heritage Centre, Wesley Players, and Bilson W.I. etc. Elsie also undertook many recordings of older people from the Forest of Dean in the 1980s & 1990s which are currently in the process of being transferred to modern electronic storage systems. Sheila lived next door to Forest author Harry Beddington for many years, and also ‘knew of’ author Leonard Clark both of whom were from Cinderford. Overview: The ‘Voices from the Forest’ collection represents a series of oral history recordings made between 2016 and 2019 (continuing) and funded as part of the Foresters’ Forest project, a National Lottery Heritage Fund landscape partnership programme. The recordings take a biographical, life story approach to discover the occupational histories of men and women in the Forest of Dean in the last half of the twentieth century. It compliments a series of recordings, made in the 1980s by Elsie O’Livey in the Forest of Dean, that feature the life stories of people in the first half of the century. The recordings are a rich source of material for social geographers, social and cultural historians and those interested in the history of the Forest of Dean and the broad occupational history of the area. The recordings feature recollections of men who worked thorough the last days of large-scale coal mining in the area, forestry related work and their adaptation to new modes of employment in fabrication and manufacturing industries. The collection has made a special emphasis on recording the experiences of women in the domestic setting, their experiences in the factories that grew throughout the period and the diaspora providing domestic services in London, Cheltenham and elsewhere. The improvements in domestic utilities, education and opportunity are reflected across the recordings. The recordings also reflect the economic uncertainty that existed throughout the twentieth century and the persistence of traditional activities such as sheep commoning, freemining and small holding that provided alternative forms of sustainable family living. The experience of major events such as the Second World War, post war rationing, and the Foot and Mouth epidemics are covered. The recordings were made in the homes of the interviewees and consents and permissions were in accordance with GDPR (2019).

Item Type: Audio
Uncontrolled Keywords: teaching Women's Institute Harry Beddington Leonard Clark education literature
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Subjects: L Education > LA History of education
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Jason Griffiths
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2019 14:57
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:47

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