Fredrick Claude Pensom

Deeks, Roger ORCID: 0000-0003-3012-8913 (2016) Fredrick Claude Pensom. [Audio] (Unpublished)

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Frederick Claude Pensom was born in November 1929. In his interview Fred describes his early family life in Viney Hill, and his perceptions of his father and his work at the colliery. After attending Viney Hill School he went to the Junior Technical School in Gloucester. At 14 years of age he became an apprentice at Red and White Buses. He served in REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers),for his National Service and then returned to Red and White. He describes his work and the vehicles he worked on. He later owned and managed his own garage in Parkend, before driving coaches at the end of his working life. He also describes village life and his involvement in Parkend Silver Band. 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).

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Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Jason Griffiths
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2020 15:32
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:51

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