Glasgow South Side Female
Aged 55 | Born 1959
About the Speaker
"I was born in Glasgow, Pollock Glasgow. Probably people would think it’d be pretty rough. It’s not a very well off area. It’s just working class. It wasn’t rough. There was no trouble at it. It was lovely. Father worked in a factory. Mother was a housewife. We were raised Roman Catholic. My brother worked in a shipyard in Govan."
This kit contains all the elements of a full Accent Kit
Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde. The people of Glasgow are referred to as ‘Glaswegians’. Pollok was built by the old Glasgow Corporation and was the first of the big four peripheral housing schemes built to improve Glasgow’s slum housing conditions in the inner city. The post-war tenement buildings were of poor quality and suffered from damp, condensation and lack of soundproofing.
Local manufacturing jobs were outsourced to overseas countries and unemployment rates grew to unprecedented levels. Those who were able to left the area, the remaining population enduring poverty, lack of opportunities, ill-health and lower life expectancy. In recent years there has been a sustained effort to improve the area. Most of the post-war tenement housing has been demolished or refurbished, and new private housing has also been built.
Glasgow has the highest population of any Scottish city. The industrial boom of the 18th and 19th century saw Glasgow and the surrounding region expanded rapidly, becoming known as a world class centre for shipbuilding and marine engineering. From the 1900s the city port was one of the UK’s main hubs for transatlantic trade with North America and the West Indies.
Glasgow is well known for the football rivalry between Celtic and Rangers, linked to the historical religious rivalry between the Catholics and the Protestants.