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Group of male and female residents, female interviewer, 29 April 1963

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/3/2

Scope and Contents

INTVEEs noted lack of shops, there were to be some coming in 1964 but only a barber and a chip shop which they didn't want. Fridges and washing machines are not thought to be a luxury but a necessity and should have been put in the flats. They had originally been supplied in the prefabs but misused and taken out. INTVEEs are not impressed with the Corporation as landlords - their complaints didn't get anywhere and tenancies were not transferred to children. General agreement that owning a house was a burden and responsibility. "Let me pay the rent, they do the worrying". One INTVEE had waited 21 years for a house, another had wanted a house in the Boswalls but was told that was for special cases, possibly for people with TB because of the good air. "Oh everyone is after Clermiston" but agreed that the rent was too high. One INTVEE offered keys to a property in Muirhouse Drive known as "The Grubber". Reasons for choosing houses - "nearness to work and the best locality you can get". One interviewee thought most of the people in Clermiston were those working in the nationalised industries as he drives through there in his lorry every morning and noticed everyone at the bus stop wore uniforms. Opinion divided as to whether police should live in the district - risk that they may be seen as ordinary people and respect for them would be lost but it gives a feeling of security having them there. Dislike of tendency of point system of house allocation to group closely related families together, creates jealousy and inquisitiveness. Education thought to be poor and mostly about dealing with bad behaviour, thought languages should be taught more, French being taught at Silverknowes. Education in the early days of Ainslie Park was spent "in buses going around the place, visiting the museums, the bridges, the hills gathering flowers, learnt nothing". Agreement on ineffectiveness of youth employment services. One male interviewee thought it was great that girls got sex education at school "Contraceptives and all that. Most girls now get married and work for three years before they have their families. This sexual education is a great thing because it facilitates this delay". Remarks about Russia using female labour and one interviewee recalled seeing Russian boats with a female crew and captain. In America you could work while at college, university education here unattainable because you cannot work at the same time. Underlying feeling that it was not possible to better yourself unless you move South. Includes some references to marital relationships and religious beliefs.


  • Other: 29 April 1963

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