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Podcast 115: Oral History 2020

Tue, 22 Dec 2020
The final episode of 2020

At the end of each year, we like to focus on the important work that our Oral History Officer Jonathan Byrne and his team of staff and volunteers carry out. As with so many around the world, COVID-19 has had a huge effect on the work of Jonathan’s team in 2020.

In this episode, we catch up with Jonathan for an update on the Oral History Project and he shares four more highlights from our archive of 550 interviews.

Gwen Adsley was a civilian working in the Communications Section from 1942. Food, or the lack of it, is an abiding memory for her so being able to get an unexpected loaf of bread was a real pleasure.

Trixie Davison wanted to do her bit after the Blitz on London and become a Radar Operator so left her Civil Service job and joined the ATS. A problem with her eyesight meant she was transferred to work at Kedleston Hall and Forest Moor Y stations as an intercept operator.

Roy Maycock was six years old on the day that war was declared and living in what was then the village of Bletchley. During the war, his family had both children evacuated from London and Bletchley Park staff billeted to them.

Molly Morgan wanted to serve her country, so defying her father’s wishes, resigned from her reserved occupation at The Bank of England and joined the WRNS. Instead of a posting by the sea, she was sent to Buckinghamshire to work in the Naval Section alongside Frank Birch.

We would like to wish all our listeners a safe and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year for 2021.

Image courtesy of Gwen Adsley

Podcast 115: Oral History 2020