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Making a home in maritime London

An oral history project
Why did you move to London?
How did you feel when you first arrived in London?
What sort of accommodation did you have?
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Why did you move to London?

Community members from Fred Styles House
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After the Second World War, changes in the labour market meant London had more jobs than workers. The government set up schemes to encourage people to come to work in London.

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As a teacher… I obtained the Commonwealth bursary. The
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British Council sponsored it all.

(Florence, originally from Sierra Leone)

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London also had a reputation for providing good education and training facilities:

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I left home and told my Dad that
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I was going abroad to further my education.

(Grace, originally from Nigeria)

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Once in London, the area you lived in was often down to your personal circumstances: 
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Maggie from Vanguard Estate

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I wanted
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to be near my daughter

 

(Maggie moved to Deptford)

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I asked for somewhere with a bathroom and I thought they would have given me a place where I lived because they
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were modernising them. But they didn't. They sent me over here.

(Margaret moved to Deptford)

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