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The Barking Stink Episode 4: ‘Scented Stories: Food Glorious Food’

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The Barking Stink Episode 5: ‘Scented Stories: Factory Fumes and Dangerous Industries’
What was it like to work in Barking’s industries during the 20th century? How did the factory fumes affect local people’s health, as well as those working directly with the often toxic chemicals and processes? Hear stories of past working conditions inside Barking’s various factories and industries. From paint factory workers to jute weavers, carpentry to cargo. Hear about the impact of Barking’s riverside industries on public health, including asbestosis and air pollution. Plus tales of the relaxed health and safety standards often found within the factories. This episode of Thames Festival Trust’s Scented Stories is an extended compilation of stories, sharing memories from a range of industries within Barking throughout the past 150 years. We hope that local schools, researchers and teachers may find this longer compilation useful. Produced by Thames Festival Trust as part of The Barking Stink, a scented heritage project in partnership with Valence House Museum. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
58:25
January 29, 2020
The Barking Stink Episode 4: ‘Scented Stories: Food Glorious Food’
“Fish, I think fish out of all products is one of the most pungent and pervasive. I mean it gets everywhere, it gets absolutely everywhere” Fisheries Inspector, Ted Manning This episode of Scented Stories explores the smells of food to be found within Barking’s past. Explore what it felt like and smelt like to live and work in Barking across the past 100 years through memories that evoke scents and tastes. From memories of home cooking in the 1940s to the strong scents found in Barking’s pubs, working mens’ clubs and markets. From fried chicken shops to Billingsgate market fish, we investigate the stories of Barking through food smell memories shared with Thames Festival Trust in oral history interviews. Featuring selected extracts from interviews with Ted Manning, Babs Willmott, Jim Albert, Jacquie Goosetree, Dauda Ladejobi and more. Produced by Thames Festival Trust as part of The Barking Stink, a scented heritage project in partnership with Valence House Museum. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
14:14
January 29, 2020
The Barking Stink Episode 3: ‘Scented Stories: Working River’
This episode of Scented Stories offers a unique river-based perspective of Barking’s industrial past, as we hear from workers based on barges and tugs. Listen to stories of the close community of people working on the river, along the Thames and River Roding, as dockers, lightermen and watermen. Barking was ideally situated for factories to be located along the riverside, allowing the transportation of cargo, fuel and finished products up and down the Roding and along the River Thames into London and beyond. What is the unique smell of the river? And the different cargoes and products carried? Featuring extracts from The Barking Stink oral history interviews with Mike Kelly, Bob Prentice and Jim Albert. Interviews conducted by Bill Onwusah, Jamie Cho, Felicity Hawksley and Nikki Shaill. Produced by Thames Festival Trust as part of The Barking Stink, a scented heritage project in partnership with Valence House Museum. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
13:40
January 29, 2020
The Barking Stink Episode 2: ‘Scented Stories: Factory Life and Dangerous Work’
In this episode, Thames Festival Trust’s Scented Stories, we’re going to look at stories of industry, exploring what it was like to work in Barking’s many factories that existed along Abbey Road and the riverside across the 20th century. What were the dangers of working with pungent chemicals, and how did locals deal with fumes produced by the factories? What were the effects on public health at the time, including asbestosis? We’re going to look at several different people’s interviews, covering industries including timber, paint and chemical works. Plus hear from Lily, a retired jute weaver from Dundee, who gives us insight into what life in Barking’s own jute mills would have been like and the unpleasant smells involved. Produced by Thames Festival Trust as part of The Barking Stink, a scented heritage project in partnership with Valence House Museum. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
12:36
January 29, 2020
The Barking Stink Episode 1: ‘Scented Stories: Sewage Stinks and Monster Soup’
In this episode, Thames Festival Trust’s Scented Stories explores the stinky subject of sewage. Something that during Barking’s past the local community were more aware of than they would have liked to be. Many interviewees that we spoke to brought up memories of pungent sewage stenches in the air. Listen to tales of Bazalgette’s sewage system mistakes. What are Bovril Boats? What caused the Princess Alice Disaster? What surprises were found by the Northern Outfall sewer? Featuring interviews with those who worked on the river, memories from local residents Alice, Avril and Ruby, plus hear reactions of Barking primary school children as they learn about ‘monster soup’ and the stinky history of the sewage system. Produced by Thames Festival Trust as part of The Barking Stink, a scented heritage project in partnership with Valence House Museum. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
15:49
January 29, 2020