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    Interview with Ruth Beecher in Gipsy Hill, London, England 10.04.2018.

    Cite as: Beecher, Ruth (2021): Interview with Ruth Beecher in Gipsy Hill, London, England 10.04.2018. Birkbeck College, University of London. doi: https://doi.org/10.18743/DATA.00118

    Description

    Ruth Beecher was interviewed by her eldest daughter Amy. Ruth was born in Cork in 1968, the elder of two children. She describes secondary school, holidays in East Cork, and her social life as a teenager which included drinking underage in pubs and having house parties. Ruth talks about her parents’ difficult relationship. She describes her mother’s depression (following her own’s mother’s suicide when she was in her twenties) and hospitalisation for ‘a breakdown’ after giving birth to Ruth. Ruth describes ‘glorious’ teenage years in Cork, the move to London at the age of twenty in 1989 and life as a new emigrant. Ruth describes her unplanned pregnancy and being an anxious and self-conscious new mother. She talks about her excitement at being higher education at Birkbeck, University of London in the early 1990s and wonders if she would have ever been able to take up those opportunities to self-fund a BA, MA and PhD had university fees been as expensive then as they are today.

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    1 - Audio Track 1 Interview with Ruth Beecher in Gipsy Hill, London, England 10.04.2018; Interview Accession No: 0UNA-U1X0004 (0UNA-U1X0004XX-0001M0.mp3)

    Collection Method

    Úna Gan A Gúna Irish Women’s Oral History Collective
    See website https://unaganaguna.org/
    Interviews with a range of women born in Ireland during the twentieth century or those with Irish connections. The aim was to gather the stories, memories and opinions of Irish women born in each decade of the twentieth century, about their experiences between the approximate ages of 15 and 25. The sample was found simply through women with whom volunteer interviewers had a connection or through Irish organisations. Interviews were recorded and participants checked and approved the transcripts and recordings.

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    Dataset Title:

    Interview with Ruth Beecher in Gipsy Hill, London, England 10.04.2018.

    Creators:

    Beecher, Ruth

    Dataset Contributors:

    ContributionNameEmailORCID
    NarratorBeecher, RuthUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
    InterviewerBeecher, AmyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED

    School/Department:

    Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology

    Keywords:

    Cork, Garryvoe, school, friendships, romantic relationships, post-natal depression, maternal suicide, unplanned pregnancy, attitudes to abortion, London, music (bands and venues), further education, Birkbeck.

    Data collection method:

    Úna Gan A Gúna Irish Women’s Oral History Collective
    See website https://unaganaguna.org/
    Interviews with a range of women born in Ireland during the twentieth century or those with Irish connections. The aim was to gather the stories, memories and opinions of Irish women born in each decade of the twentieth century, about their experiences between the approximate ages of 15 and 25. The sample was found simply through women with whom volunteer interviewers had a connection or through Irish organisations. Interviews were recorded and participants checked and approved the transcripts and recordings.

    Collection period:

    FromTo
    10 April 201810 April 2018

    Temporal coverage:

    FromTo
    8 October 196810 April 2018

    Statement on legal, ethical, and access issues:

    The research proposal was ethically approved by the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London.

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    Cite as: Beecher, Ruth (2021): Interview with Ruth Beecher in Gipsy Hill, London, England 10.04.2018. Birkbeck College, University of London. doi: https://doi.org/10.18743/DATA.00118

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