British civilian worked with Women's Land Army Timber Corps, Forest of Dean, 1940-1945. Worked with North German Timber Control, 1946-1949 and with YMCA in Germany, 1952-1955. Worked as Refugee Relief Officer with Lifeline in GB, 1950s
REEL 1 Aspects of family and educational background. Aspects of life, 1930s: employment; reaction to outbreak of war; decision to join the Women's Land Army. Recollections of period with Women's Timber Corps, 1940-: joining Forestry Section of Women's Land Army as Timber Measurer; move to Park End Forestry School, 4/1940; story of how Forestry Section was separated from WLA and renamed Women's Timber Corps; training; attitude of Forestry Commission men towards work of WTC; uniform and kit; duties; pay; question of accidents and safety precautions.
REEL 2 Continues: injuries and recuperation; heavy physical nature of work; daily routine; role of 'Pole Cats'; calculating wages; impact of weather conditions on work; living accommodation; relations with male colleagues; coping with sexual advances; felling trees on private estates; attitude towards working in forests; nature of forests during war; problems of handling wood; wildlife; availability of woodland fruits.
REEL 3 Continues: problems for evacuees in area in adapting to country life; work on Sudeley Castle Estate; finding accommodation; Timber Measuring duties; work in acquisition of timber; work in Saw Mills, Cirencester and Devon; social life; living conditions for people in countryside; food and clothing rations; VE-Day celebrations; reaction to end of war; abortive attempt to start degree in Forestry; lack of opportunities for ex WTC women; applying to join North German Timber Control. Recollections of period with North German Timber Control, Germany, 1946-1949: war devastation in Hamburg; accommodation in mess.
REEL 4 Continues: living conditions in mess; lack of preparation for arrival of British forestry workers; organisation of NGTC; lack of contact with German population; move to Nordheim; working on census of timber industry equipment; Displaced Persons working with NGTC; work of Quakers; morale of German people; rules against fraternisation with German people; contacts with young people at Youth Hostel in Escherhausen; work in personnel dept for Intelligence; question of Nazism.
REEL 5 Continues: impact of Berlin Blockade/Airlift; plans for evacuation should Russians advance; use of interpreters; return to GB. Recollections of period of life and work, GB, 1949-1952: rejection for job as Timber Buyer in favour of former POW; story of how she was turned down for job due to gender; clerical work on Duke of Westminster's estate. Recollections of work with YMCA service clubs, Germany, 1952-1955: needs of young National Service men; duties; friendship with Russian girl. Recollections of work in GB, from 1955: work at USAF service clubs.
REEL 6 Continues: difficulties for Americans in adapting to life in Britain; working as Refugee Relief officer with 'Lifeline' organisation; duties; story of Polish refugee girl given a holiday in Britain; attitude towards refugee situation in Britain today; employment as Farm and Estate Secretary at Boyton. Reflections on women's war work: lack of recognition of work of WTC; researching and writing her book on women's war work, 'We Just Got On With It' published in 1994.
REEL 7 Continues: difficulties getting book published; impact of Second World War on women; memories she met while researching her book; question of material collected by IWM on women's work during WW2; attitude towards Mass Observation; importance of oral history;