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dc.creatorTania Gardner
dc.date2013-06-06
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-12T13:32:50Z
dc.date.available2020-10-12T13:32:50Z
dc.identifierDG13/7/1/1
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12734/52105
dc.descriptionBiographical interview with Nancy Muirhead (aged 75) who was born in Mull and came to Kirkcudbright, where she still lives, when she was around 12 years old. Nancy talks a little about settling into Kirkcudbright and her time at the Academy and thereafter the rest of the interview is concerned with her working life and later experiences. When Nancy left school, at fifteen, her mother took her down to MacGeorge's factory (known locally as the glove factory) after hearing they were looking for girls. As this was the start fo the Trades holiday, Nancy and another girl got the opportunity to spend their holidays earning money by working at the nearby Keithley scout camp. Nancy worked at the factory for the next 38 years. The factory made woollen garments, mostly for Pringle and Harrods, and Nancy's work, which changed over time, included intarsia knitting for socks, hose and jumpers. She explains the manufacturing process, what the shop floor was like, piecework, rates of pay and working with the factory in Dumfries. The workers were paid by piecework. Parts of the garment eg. the patterned section (diamonds with over-checks) of the socks, were made by workers at Kirkcudbright before being checked and sent on to Dumfries where the item would be finished and sent out. The wools used were mainly cashmere and Shetland wool (larger items), and pure wool for the socks. With any new product, the worker would complete their part of the prototype and this was then sent to Dumfries for completion. This was the only time when the finished item would then come back to Kirkcudbright so that the workers could see the finished garment. Nancy describes different parts of the process and recalled Chinese and Japanese visitors, and others, would often come in to look round the factory. When they had their families, several workers, herself included, took their machine home with them and continued to do piecework while their children were small. Nancy was glad to return to the camaraderie of the factory when her children were old enough to allow this. Nancy also talks about her recreational life: going to the pictures, or to the fair in Castle Douglas; going to dances, or for a drink in Castle Douglas. When she was younger, a main activity was just sitting on the church grounds wall and chatting with her friends. When the local police men were checking the town at night they would tell the group they'd better be gone by the time they passed by on their return journey. She also talks about some of the local worthies. Towards the end of the interview, Nancy talks about visiting her grandmother's house, the Shore House and helping out with household chores, especially the laundry work - which her granny did to earn money. Nancy also recalls the artists coming in to see her granny and the interviewee and interviewer talk about the Shore House and how it might have changed over time.
dc.format.extent1h6m49s
dc.subjectAudio recordings
dc.subjectIndustry
dc.subjectSocial organisation
dc.subjectEthnology
dc.subjectOral history
dc.subjectEducation
dc.subjectLifecycle
dc.subjectShops and businesses
dc.subjectCastle douglas
dc.subjectWorking life
dc.subjectRecreation
dc.subjectDumfries
dc.subjectFieldwork
dc.subjectTravel and transport
dc.subjectCommunity
dc.subjectHistory
dc.subjectDomestic life
dc.subjectMaterial culture
dc.subjectEntertainment
dc.subjectSport
dc.subjectBiography
dc.subjectChildhood
dc.subjectWar
dc.subjectHousing
dc.subjectMovement
dc.subjectHealth
dc.subjectWorking life
dc.subjectKnitting
dc.subjectAgriculture
dc.subjectArts and crafts
dc.subjectKirkcudbright
dc.subjectCustom and belief
dc.subjectTales and anecdotes
dc.subjectCommunity
dc.subjectSocial history
dc.titleDG13-7 Interviews of Nancy Muirhead DIP
dc.typeTranscription
dc.typePhotograph
dc.typeAudio


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