June 1958 St. Ives (Huntingdomshire – now Cambridgeshire)
Grew up on various RAF bases, Romford, Braintree, Harlow and now lives in Wales
Date of Interview
11th December 2020
“I give my permission for you to use the recording and any photos I provide for the purposes of Back Chat – it’s been a privilege to be involved..”
Karen Cracknell (3rd January 2021)
Karen has lived a nomadic life starting with her father being in the RAF which saw her growing up in Somerset, Ceylon, Singapore, Leicestershire, the Cotswolds and Germany. Working in the police force was a major part of Karen’s life but then led her to a very diverse career. Now widowed, she has two adult children – her daughter is a bespoke teddy bear maker living in France and her son is a firefighter.
Karen now lives in rural Wales and has learnt the Welsh language and how to play the harp which sat quietly in one corner of her cottage throughout our interview.
Interviewer: Carlo Harrison
Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton
Sound Engineer David Myers
Coronavirus – Wales
Coronavirus – Welsh Government
Coronavirus – Boris Johnson
Parents – Ronald & Dorothy Phillips
Military Life & Childhood
Military Life, Moving Around
School Days, Junior RAF – Senior Romford
Childhood Christmases And Holidays
Bullying At School
Husband Andrew Cracknell (Died Aged 52)
Children, Jenny (Teddy Bear Maker) – Pete (Firefighter)
Police, Prosecution Unit – Bank of England
Inspector of Constabulary – Courts – Prison Ombudsman
Women In Work
Playing The Harp & Learning The Welsh Language
Please take into consideration when listening to these interviews that the meaning of language changes over time and that interviewees have not intended to cause offence by anything said which now may be thought to be unacceptable.
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