Listening Project

Conversation between mother and daughter, Mel and Donna, about their memories of the miners' strike in 1974.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    Melvyn's home

  • Interviewees

    Elcock, Melvyn, 1949- (male, fitter), Brownless, Donna, 1975- (female, midwife)

  • Producers

    BBC Radio Leicester

  • Recordist

    Varia, Namrata

  • Abstract

    Mel and Donna talk about memories of the miners' strike in 1974. Mel recalls what led up to it, how he felt about Margaret Thatcher and her policies as well as the hardship they experienced during the 'Great Strike'. Mel talks about how his wife was incredibly supportive and Donna says she hadn't realised how hard it was for them because they seemed to hide it so well, she remembers having had one of the best Christmases during that time. Mel talks about how important his principles for striking were and how he feels he did the right thing.

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    The Listening Project conversations collectively form a picture of our lives and relationships today. Recordings were made by BBC producers of people sharing an intimate conversation, lasting up to an hour and on a topic of the speakers' choice.

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