New book focuses on women’s memories

Stephanie Fox, left, and Hazel Barnard with the book donated to Market Rasen Library EMN-160113-222934001
Stephanie Fox, left, and Hazel Barnard with the book donated to Market Rasen Library EMN-160113-222934001

Local women have had their memories put into print as part of a social history project by historian Dr Janet Few.

Over the last 18 months, Hazel Barnard, Stephanie Fox, Loretta Rivett and Shirley Francom have been part of an 80-strong band of women – all born before 1957 – who have jotted down their memories of life between 1946 and 1969.

The result is a 246-page book called Remember Then: Women’s memories of 1946-1969 and how to write your own.

“It has been a great thing to do and has brought back many memories,” said Hazel. “When I first started, I didn’t think it would take long, but then I kept remembering something else, so I added that, and so it went on.”

The book covers everything from transport to child rearing and school days to race and religion.

“We have all written a lot more than could go in the book, but it is something I can leave for my grandchildren,” said Stephanie.

Neighbours Stephanie and Hazel swapped their finished compilations and discovered, having grown up in very different areas of the country, that they were married within 15 minutes of each other.

“The book doesn’t identify whose memories they are, but it is still a fascinating read,” added Hazel.

The book is available direct from the author at thehistoryinterpreter.wordpress.com or on Amazon.