Public or private heritage? Female perceptions of life and work in Portsmouth’s corset industry, 1920-1940

Pitkin, Victoria (2006) Public or private heritage? Female perceptions of life and work in Portsmouth’s corset industry, 1920-1940. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Focusing on the recorded life and work experiences of women who worked in Portsmouth’s corset industry during the interwar period this paper suggests that the scale of heritage in this instance is highly subjective and problematic. The majority of information for this study comes from a sample of oral history interviews complied in 2001 through the Portsmouth City Records Office. Due to the nature of the oral history interviews, this study attempts to analyse the difficulties of using oral testimony as a source of heritage. This study also suggests that women’s lives can be divided into different phases or life stages. While these phases revolve around the family home it becomes clear that work and economic necessity underpin the relationships these women had with work and family. The overarching theme of this study is the adamant suggestion that the public nature of women’s work in the corset industry along with the enormous presence of the factories in the city justifies the need to develop what could be defined as Portsmouth’s other heritage(s) in opposition to the easy association of the city with the Navy and shipbuilding. Finally this study acknowledges that a study of this kind would benefit from further comparative analysis with a similar corseting industry.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 15:27
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:17
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/1132

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