Opie collection of children's games & songs
Opie, Iona (2 of 6) Cathy Courtney Oral History Collection
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Opie, Iona 1947- (speaker, male)
Wright, Elizabeth (speaker, female)
Part 2: Schools. IO and Peter Opie (PO) bad at going to parties. Both unfitted to anything except what they did. Letter to Runcie re ordination of women. IO’s schooling. IO joined up aged 17, Second World War. Early boyfriends. Sex education. Childhood cinema. Cliffs at Bournemouth. Childrens’ Hour, radio. Childhood activities. Arthur Mee encyclopedia. Attitude to further education, career and to marriage. Father’s profession; feelings for him. Academic career and expectations. PO’s childhood; family credo adopted by PO and IO. PO’s independence. PO and IO’s work regime. PO’s perfectionism. PO’s childhood. PO wrote first autobiography aged 18. Death of PO’s father.
Life story interview with Iona Opie (1923-2017), folklorist.