No, I think I was referring to a particular group of people when I mentioned that and you’ve ... There were difficult groups. The Brethren for instance don’t like being interviewed, but on the whole I find people incredibly welcoming and really loved talking about their work and their stories of the community and so on. The one partial exception to that was in the Western Isles, especially Lewis, I found that the men rather like to be the only person interviewed. They sort of pushed the women back into the kitchen. But then I went to a kind of old people’s centre where there were a lot of old women together and they obviously tremendously enjoyed talking about their past experiences, particularly how they got out of Lewis when they were following the fishing for the herring gutting. This had been one of the great experiences of their lives and their faces lit up as they talked about it!

  • Paul Thompson
Location:
London
Date:
Friday 17th July 2009
Reference:
SWI2009/003