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- DescriptionThe hidden lives of women who raised families and made ends meet in Scotland's early 20th-century urban tenements...She Was Aye Workin' is an eloquent tribute to the management skills, stamina and moral strength of women who held homes together against all the odds of poverty and poor living conditions. The book covers life from girlhood through marriage and childbirth to old age. It includes material previously seen as taboo on subjects like sexual awareness and domestic abuse, but looks also at standards which regulated behaviour, and the mutual support systems of women. There is fascinating detail on such things as the ingenuity required to feed a family on little money, and on central institutions like the Co-op and the pawnshop. Happy memories of days at Portobello or 'doon the watter' balance the grimmer side of life. The pooling of material from Edinburgh and Glasgow highlights interesting similarities and differences in the experience of tenement life in Scotland's two great rival cities. With all the vividness of oral history She Was Aye Workin' continues the compelling exploration of tenement home life begun in the best-selling Up Oor Close .
- Author BiographyHelen Clark has for the last 18 years been Keeper of Social History for Edinburgh City Museums. During this time she has worked on setting up two new museums - The People's Story and Newhaven Heritage Museum - both of which use oral history extensively as a method of interpreting the past and giving members of the local communities a voice. Elizabeth Carnegie is a graduate of Edinburgh University and Leicester University's Museums Studies programme. From 1991-8 she was a curator of social history at Glasgow Museums, where she managed the People's Palace and coordinated oral history projects. She is currently a lecturer in cultural tourism at Napier University, Edinburgh.
- Author(s)Elizabeth Carnegie,Helen Clark
- PublisherWhite Cockade Publishing
- Date of Publication30/09/2003
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintWhite Cockade Publishing
- Content Note56 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
- Weight299 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine10 mm
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- dalray6027 Oct, 2016by
Once I started it had to keep reading.
This short but compelling book is a factual recollection of what life was like for tenement women in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Many women gave us a "tell-all" and very frank insight what life was like for them in all aspects of daily their daily existence.. It made me proud and very grateful to be a woman in today's society with an extreme admiration for their tenacity yet gentle nature.
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