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Recordings of Jean Goodman, freelance journalist
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Recordings of Jean Goodman, freelance journalist

  • AUD 14
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  • 1972-1974

The collection consists of recordings off transmission of both complete programmes and parts of programmes. They have been arranged into three series; the first contains two editions of 'This is East Anglia', presented by Jean Goodman (JG); the second series contains sound tracks of television programmes broadcast on BBC 1 East Anglia entitled 'On Camera: A Place to Live', again presented by JG; and the third series contains excerpts from BBC Radio programmes featuring JG.

Jean Goodman; 1918-2003; journalist; Norwich, Norfolk

'This is East Anglia', presented by Jean Goodman

00:45 (minutes:seconds) - opposition to local rates increases; featuring interview by David Cass of Doug Speed of newly formed [Norwich based] East Anglia Rate Payers Association who are campaigning on rate reform. DG comments on those most affected by large increases in local rates, nature of protest, non-payment of rates and plans to extend campaign nationally.

04:56 - Pat Beasley presents item on vandalism in Peterborough schools, focussing on uneasy relationship between parents and local education authority; bad behaviour of older pupils; effect of extension to school leaving age; reaction to comments of Sir Harmer-Nicholls, Peterborough MP; vandalism at Jack Hunt Comprehensive School [Jack Hunt School, Peterborough]; and reaction to comments by Councillor Charles Swift, Chairman of Board of Governors at Lincoln Road Secondary Boys School following vandalism.

08:05 - weather forecast for East Anglia given by Wally Thrower.

09:13 - Norfolk Playgroup Week highlighting work and benefit of such playgroups. Includes interview by Leslie Burn of Mary Fawcett, Chairman of Norfolk Pre-School Playgroups Association. Topics discussed include needs of young children; required support from local authorities; comments on accusations of being middle-class; ability of low-income families to send children to playgroups; assisted playgroup in Norwich funded by Education Department as pilot project; integration of children with special needs.

13:17 - preventing crime by educating offenders, featuring interview by JG of Douglas Curtis, Regional Organiser of National Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders. Includes founding of house in Cambridge aiming to arrange further education opportunities for offenders; opportunities for learning in prison; need for funding, welfare support and accommodation; and integrating former prisoners into existing system.

17:57 - boom of in-shore fishing, featuring interview by John Myatt of Peter Catchpole, managing director of Lowestoft company specialising in shore management for in-shore boats. Topics discussed include reasons for success of smaller boats, which incude appeal of shorter trips, less overheads, more affordable for owner skippers; boats that make up the in-shore fleet; problems of fuel price increases; and desire for government subsidies.

22:00 - John Marsh looks through the day's newspapers.

26:54 - Ted Ellis, naturalist, with Michael Chapman, walks by River Yare and Rockland Broad, describing what flora and forna can be seen, including a heronry.

31:19 - regional news and sport with Michael Drake.

David Cass; ? 1970s; journalist

'This is East Anglia', presented by Jean Goodman

00:47 (minutes:seconds) - Pat Beasley interviewing Keith Maplestone, Chief Architect to [Peterborough's] Development Corporation, regarding controlled experiment on construction of housing at 'New Bretton township', Peterborough, monitored by Department of Environment's Buildings Research Establishment. The experiment looked at advantages and disadvantages of using bricks, manufactured by London Brick Company, with dimensions in 'round metric numbers' and their suitability for modular construction techniques.

05:31 - John Myatt interviews Alan Preston, Deputy Director of the Fisheries Laboratory at Lowestoft [also known as Directorate of Fisheries Research (DFR) and from 1997 as Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)], regarding conference at Lowestoft called 'Controlling what goes into our seas', which related to Oslo Convention and methods of assessing the suitability of dumping in the sea different organo-chlorine compounds such as PCBs and DDT pesticides.

09:43 - weather forecast for East Anglia given by Keith Smith.

10:43 - JG intoduces item on 'battered women' prompted by public meeting at Stewart Hall, Norwich, which was organised by Leeway Norwich Women's Refuge (LNWR) and explores problem of domestic violence, what it is, reasons behind it and what can be done to help. JG interviews unnamed victim of domestic violence, unnamed phsyciatrist and Elizabeth Edwards, Organising Secretary of LNWR who describes need for and aims of the refuge.

16:37 - Tom Wisdom interviews Peter Atkins, of unnamed company located near Cambridge, about ease of use of newly invented grow-bags for growing vegtables and flowers.

20:00 - JG introduces item on house sparrows. Tony Scase interviews Simon Leach, Scientific Assistant at The Nature Conservancy's [now known as English Nature] Monks Wood Experimental Station in Huntingdonshire, and winner of Zoological Society's Prince Philip Medal for his research work on roosting behaviour of house sparrows.

24:18 - Colin Doran looks through the day's newspapers.

19:18 - outine of local musical and theatrical events in Norwich, Ipswich, Caldecote and exhibitions at Ely, Colchester, Peterborough, Lavenham, Ipswich and Norwich.

31:24 - regional news and sport.

Patrick Beasley; ? 1970s; journalist

'On Camera: A Place to Live', presented by Jean Goodman

00:32 (minutes:seconds) - Jean Goodman (JG) visits and interviews John Glynn Jones (JGJ), actor, at [St Margaret's] drainage mill, Acle, which he converted into dwelling house c 1962 and which used to drain surrounding marshes into River Bure. Discusses reasons for buying and converting the mill; work done on buildings and gardens; and JG and JGJ walk around the building describing it in detail.

12:44 - Vic Haines and his wife Rosie discuss their home, a converted railway carriage at Stowbridge, Norfolk [in parish of Stow Bardolph] and the reasons and difficulties of down sizing from a large farmhouse as well as the reaction of friends and family.

15:50 - [East] Lighthouse at Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, former home of Peter Scott [Sir Peter Markham Scott, 1909-1989, painter, ornithologist, broadcaster]. Became home to Dick Fyefield and family, former London policeman, now warden of Fenland Wildfowlers Association [who leased lighthouse between 1964 and 1974]. JG speaks with DF and his wife (not named) to discuss advantages and disadvantages of living in an isolated lighthouse.

'On Camera: A Place to Live', presented by Jean Goodman

00:41 (minutes:seconds) - 'Lady Dixon', retired Irish light ship, converted into a home by Peter Horlocks, pilot of Manningtree River, engineer, underwater diver and joint owner of ship breaking business. PH dscribes first seeing 'Lady Dixon'; towing her from Shearness to his yard at Mistley, Essex; conversion work; advantages and disadvantages of living on a ship. Sylvia Horlocks also interviewed.

08:11 - Tharston Mill on River Tas, which was converted into two dwellings, old grannary being made into three bedroom cottage and mill turned into a much larger house. The latter was bought by Mr and Mrs Thomas Austin, who talk to Jean Goodman about the 300 year-old mill, the conversion and problems of moving in furniture.

13:04 - seventy-one foot long ex motor gun boat, moored on Thorpe island, on River Yare, owned and converted by Commander Ron Ashby, who spent Second World War on gun and torpedo boats. After the war he acquired the boat, which was built in 1940, a boat yard and the three acre island. Describes towing the hull from Medway and how they sunk the boat to get it under Thorpe bridge; the conversion; problems of only having access by river and the freezing of the river.

20:24 - Wolferton railway station, located on royal estate at Sandringham and located on King's Lynn to Hunstanton line, was restored [from museum] in 1970 by Eric Walker, a British Rail executive and Hertha, his wife. The station was built in 1862 when Sandringham estate purchased by Queen Victoria for Prince of Wales and rebuilt in 1898 and was used by the royal family as a waiting room whilst luggage was transported to Sandringham and also for shooting parties. JG talks with HW about reasons for buying the property; the conversion process; signal box; and JG describes the building, including King Edward's retiring room, converted into main bedroom and Queen Alexandra's retiring room, converted into Edwardian sitting room.

'On Camera: A Place to Live', presented by Jean Goodman

01:46 (minutes: seconds) - Methodist Chapel at Runcton Holme, Norfolk, converted into dwelling house by William Moles [born 1897], former pig farmer from Bedfordshire, with whom JG speaks, describing why he bought the chapel (for £625) c 1968 and what work was carried out to develop it.

06:51 - former stable and kennel block of Duke[s] of Hamilton and Rochford, at Easton, Suffolk, now owned by Desmond Manners, former brewer of Derbyshire, with whom JG speaks, discussing luxurious house, with swimming pool, nine-hole golf course and ten acres of land as well as nature of conversion.

14:17 - Poslingford school buildings, Poslingford, Suffolk, converted into dwelling house by Andrew Phillips, [solicitor] and 'parliamentary Labour candidate' [later Lord Phillips of Sudbury], with whom JG speaks. They talk about the dilapidated state of buildings, work carried out as part of conversion, using the buildings as a focus of village life and venue for social occasions. Also unnamed males talk in dialect about their school days.

21:19 - rebuilding of pigsties at Ashwellthorpe into 'sumptious batchelor pad' by David Turner, piano tuner and restorer. DT converses with JG about the conversion.

26:16 - Norfolk barn conversion [near Ashwellthorpe] by John and Valerie McFarlen. JG speaks to the latter about advantages and disadvantages of conversion and impact on young family.

29:30 - postscript by JG on conversions of old buildings as dwelling houses.

'On Camera: A Place to Live', presented by Jean Goodman

01:17 (minutes:seconds) - woodman's cottage [at Felsham Woodside] in rural Suffolk, home to Angus Wilson, writer [Sir Angus Frank Johnstone Wilson, 1913-1991, writer and university teacher]. AW describes to Jean Goodman reasons for buying the cottage, alteration made to what was two buildings, now made into one and the decoration in cottage. AW also mentions his book, 'Anglo-Saxon Attitude', (1956) and biography of Charles Dickens and his work at British Museum's library and at University of East Anglia.

06:02 - workshops off the main road through Watton [B1108], being converted by Dick Durrant, draper and owner of shop on High Street; who explains to JG why he is only now converting the buildings, which are described, together with four acres of land.

12:19 - golf club-house at East Mersea, Essex, converted into dwelling following Ministry of Agriculture's ploughing of golf course during Second World War, now owned by Bill Heigham, retired heating engineer from Colchester, with whom JG speaks. BH describes work for auxiliary coastguard; why he moved to the club-house; the isolation and JG describes the building and views and Mrs Heigham explains what she enjoys about the building.

19:53 - at inland mooring on River Ouse at Huntingdon, Mike Collins, former London journalist, describes his life touring inland waterways on thirty-six foot, ten ton sea-going cruiser.

22:50 - Worthing watermill [on River Blackwater, tributary of River Wensum], occupied and being converted by Gerald England, part-time builder and Barbara his wife, former French teacher at Fakenham Grammar School. JG talks with GE and summarises history of the mill, his passion for mills, why they decided to buy Worthing watermill and conversion process.

27:25 - JG summarises dwellings featured on programme.

Sir Angus Frank Johnstone Wilson; 1913-1991; author; Bexhill, East Sussex, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Excerpt from BBC Radio 2's 'Open House' programme, presented by Pete Murray, featuring interview with Jean Goodman

07:23 to 11:47 (minutes:seconds) - Pete Murray in conversation with Jean Goodman, 'authoress, housewife and broadcaster', in which JG talks about her book, 'Anything but Housework' (Lavenham, 1973), describing broadcasting career, including early morning show ['This is East Anglia'], which she presents from Norwich, one week in three; and work for 'Today' programme for which she has interviewed many elderly people such as Horrace Bull, 93, angler and wildfowler; Dorothy Thompson, 95, authoress; and Ada Rowe, 111, of Lowestoft.

15:44 to 16:40 - requests read out by PM and JG.

19:32 to 23:43 - JG continues to talk with PM about 'Anything but Housework' and discusses analysis of JG's handwriting by graphologist Fraser White.

27:42 to 28:28 - JG recalls anecdote from 'Anything but Housework', about television programme on missing persons on which she worked, which featured unnamed twelve year-old boy who had been missing for ten months and who subsequently decided to return home after seeing the programme.

Peter Murray James; 1925-; broadcaster; London

Excerpt from BBC [Radio 4's] 'Woman's Hour' programme, featuring Jean Goodman presenting item on Ely Cathedral

00:06 (minutes:seconds) - excerpt introduced by sound of cathedral's four bells, rung by William Punfitt.

00:31 - Right Revd Edward Roberts, Bishop of Ely, describes cathedral's role within the fens and its establishment by Queen Etheldreda in 673.

02:35 - Canon Paulie, one of four residentiary canons responsible for the cathedral, describes his responsibility for upkeep of fifteen acres of gardens and buildings, in particular, the difficulty of heating cathedral using six coke stoves.

03:34 - aforesaid William Punfitt, cathedral maintenance man, describes his duties, which include maintaining coke burners, cleaning and guiding visitors up 228 steps of the west tower.

05:07 - Donovan Purcell, Surveyor to the Fabric, is visiting architect to cathedral responsible for regular inspection, explains problem of west tower whose fifteenth century octaganol tower and four corner turrets places strain on original Norman tower.

06:42 - Alan Franklin, Head Verger, describes his responsibilities, which include overseeing brass rubbing, preparation of services and overseeing visits by public.

08:56 - Mrs Paulie, wife of aforesaid Canon Paulie, and person-in-charge of the flower guild describes work involved in maintaining flower arrangements within cathedral.

10:23 - Mrs Faithweathers describes work repairing cathedral's vestments and recalls attempted burgulary of cathedral safe, during which some of the vestments were blown-up.

11:43 - Canon Moore, residentiary canon responsible for cathedrals monuments, ancient documents and archives, describes plans to adapt cathedral to contemporary forms of worship.

14:21 - Dr Arthur Wills, cathedral organist and person in charge of cathedral choir formed from pupils of the King's School and composer and teacher of music at Royal Academy, Cambridge University and King's School, comments on cathedral's organ.

15:13 - sound of organ finishes the item.

Edward James Keymer Roberts; 1908-2001; clergyman; Ely, Cambridgeshire