The changing face of work and social life in the Forest of Dean in the second half of the twentieth century.
EPISODE 3: Men & Work in the Forest of Dean
In this episode hear from Forest of Dean men whose working lives were irrevocably changed by the closing of the collieries, foundries and related occupations in the twenty years from 1945. They describe the dangers and threats to personal safety in those work places and the consequences for long term health. Shortages of labour led to overseas recruitment. This was a period too that saw the conscription of young men into the armed services leading to development of new skills for some, as well as experiences in Germany and Korea. What was the impact of all of this on the mind-set of Forest men as they faced a future that for some meant new jobs in bright new factories? Presented by Dr Roger Deeks, with contributions from Emily Wood, Bob Bassett, George Hogg, Charlie Penn, Fred Pensom, Jim Orpin, Esmond Tovey, Mike Hinton, Maurice Phelps and Roy Mills. Thanks also to Caroline Prosser-Lodge, Cheryl Mayo and Emily Hughes. This podcast is made possible through the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and the University of Gloucestershire.
EPISODE 2: Children in the Forest
In this episode hear how social mobility became a reality for people in the Forest of Dean. New homes, domestic electricity, water and sewer systems transformed domestic life and the welfare state brought accessible education and new opportunities for young people. Admission to grammar school or technical education based on merit, gave children progression routes into further education and engineering. Find out about how young people felt about these opportunities and whether men and women were treated differently in this new world. Hear too how chapel was a focus for friendships and community cohesion but also how it informed attitudes that had long reaching implications. Presented by Roger Deeks With Emily Wood, Jo Lewer, Pam Box, Ruth Dainty, William Baldwin, Ivy Gunter, Jane Turley, Val Matthews, Roy Close, Magarete Phelps, Sheila Llewellyn, Jim Orpin, Maurice Phelps, Fred Pensom, James Bevan, Pam Stratford, Pat Harper and Glenda Griffiths. Thanks also to Caroline Prosser-Lodge, Cheryl Mayo and Emily Hughes. This podcast was made possible through the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and the University of Gloucestershire.
EPISODE 1: Got Any Gum Chum?!
In this first episode hear how World War Two brought an influx of people into the Forest of Dean - such as Lumber Jills, G.I.’s and Italian and German Prisoners of War. Hear too how whilst there was the threat of stray bombs or the fear of invasion, it was also a time of liberation for some Foresters as many of the older social norms simply fell away. The War was an event that influenced and shaped the next fifty years. This was when the cry of ‘Got and gum chum’ rang out on the streets of Cinderford - but why? Listen to find out, and about the bombs and the Yanks and so much more that shook the Forest. Presented by Dr Roger Deeks. With Ruth Dainty, William Baldwin, Nigel Isaac, James Bevan, Edna Hicks, Bart and Anne Venner, Charlie Penn, Ivy Gunter, Thomas Preece, William Baldwin, Esmund Tovey, Edna Hicks, Roy Mills, Glenda Griffiths and Rosa Taylor. Thanks also to Caroline Prosser-Lodge, Cheryl Mayo and Emily Hughes. This podcast is made possible through the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and the University of Gloucestershire.