Number of items in collection: 2045

Short description:

One of the largest projects of its kind, the National Life Stories collection Food: From Source to Salespoint (shelfmark C821) charts the extraordinary changes which transformed the production, manufacture and consumption of food in 20th-century Britain. Tesco: An Oral History, a National Life Stories project funded by Tesco (shelfmark C1087), recorded 39 life story interviews with employees of Tesco between 2003 and 2007, of which 28 are available online. It charts the rise of the supermarket retailer from an East End market stall to multinational giant. The archived recordings were used extensively in The Making of Tesco by Sarah Ryle.

Oral history recordings provide valuable first-hand testimony of the past.  The views and opinions expressed in oral history interviews are those of the interviewees, who describe events from their own perspective.  The interviews are historical documents and their language, tone and content might in some cases reflect attitudes that could cause offence in today’s society.


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