42 episodes

Ordinary people who lived through extraordinary times tell their stories to The Living Memory Association. Stories from the 20th century of childhood, schooldays, work, play, courtship. Tales of joy and hardship from Edinburgh, Leith, Scotland and beyond.

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Ordinary people who lived through extraordinary times tell their stories to The Living Memory Association. Stories from the 20th century of childhood, schooldays, work, play, courtship. Tales of joy and hardship from Edinburgh, Leith, Scotland and beyond.

    Terry Christie: On the Touchline & in the Classroom

    Terry Christie: On the Touchline & in the Classroom

    Manager of Meadowbank, Stenhousemuir & Alloa. Head teacher of Ainslie Park & Musselburgh Grammar. Terry Christie has packed a lot into his 78 years.  From Ireland to Edinburgh at a young age, Terry's love for football was born in the street with a tennis ball & in going to watch Gordon Smith play for his beloved Hibs.  Scouted & signed by Dundee as teaching began. Tales of juggling the classroom & football for 43 years, whilst pulling off countless shocks on a shoestring budget & a great family life. 

    • 50 min
    May Barbour(and Otto)-remembering Douglas-part two

    May Barbour(and Otto)-remembering Douglas-part two

    In the second part of our conversation about living with dementia May talks about the loss of communication with Douglas .May movingly describes how Douglas's death was not so distressing for her, as the man she loved had already disappeared. May feels strongly that families should be helped to understand the diagnosis and its implications, to enable them to be able to support their partner or parent living with dementia.

    • 13 min
    May Barbour (and Otto the Labrador)-Remembering Douglas part one

    May Barbour (and Otto the Labrador)-Remembering Douglas part one

    Douglas Barbour who died last year, and his wife May lived with Alzheimer's Dementia for many years .In this podcast May describes noticing early changes in Douglas's memory and how these changes affected their lives .Her primary concern was always to protect him .Living with dementia for so many years affected their health and well being however having a family dog continued to be very important to everyone in the family particularly Douglas and May

    • 16 min
    Andrew Grant

    Andrew Grant

    Andrew Grant decided at the age of 15 that he would join the Merchant Navy  He did the deck apprentice course at Leith Nautical College and got a job with Shell Tankers. We hear how he rose from deck apprentice to first mate and what tasks he had to do as he progressed from cleaning the ship to overall responsibilty of the ship We hear how he loved sailing round the world but that it became difficult when he married and had a family

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Robert Hume Patterson: early tales of Porty part 2

    Robert Hume Patterson: early tales of Porty part 2

    Robert Hume Patterson is 100 years old and has amazing memories of Portobello. He takes us a tour of the different streets Bridge St, Tower St, Pipe St to name but a few We get to hear about different characters who lived in Portobello including Ned Barnie who was the first Scot to swim the English Chanel. He remembers the Glaswegians who holidayed in Portobello during the Glasgow Fair. After leaving the Army he worked in Portobello Power Station for 40 years

    • 48 min
    May Hoare : an African childhood

    May Hoare : an African childhood

    May Hoare was born in Malawi on the 24th May 1935.Her Father had an engineering business in Malawi and May lived with her older sister and parents in a house that had been built especially for them. May takes us a tour of the house and the large garden Holidays were spent on the Zomba plateau or swimming at Lake Nyasa. We hear of the school aeroplane which was the safe way for the sisters to travel to school in Rhodesia. We also hear of the flying boat that took the family from Southampton to Malawi

    • 36 min

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