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It takes a long time to listen to, transcribe and edit all the interviews we conducted so please bear with us as we release them slowly. As the interviews are added to the site, the corresponding images will be added to the gallery and transcripts below. Enjoy.
Laura Yates at Hayfield Street
"And then the other pin Anfield. I can’t remember the number it might have been six Hayfield Street.
(yellow red pink blue and multi-coloured grey)
That house I remember really like in a child memory way you know like I remember how it felt rather than how it... I remember physically things about it, but I also remember how it felt which is a very “child” thing to do isn’t it. It was dark I remember it being dark and it was cold. And it had these saucers of water either side of the gas fire. People used to do that then I’ve since found out because of carbon monoxide or something or maybe it put moisture back in to the air or something. My Grandad lived there when I was a kid and he had a budgie called Joey. My mum hated little animals like that and she be like “that little budgie” it would get on his ear and bite his ear. He died when I was about five or six and my dad didn’t tell me he was dead so I didn’t know until I was about 10. I thought he’d gone to an old peoples home and I couldn’t go and see him. But they’ve knocked it down. I remember this as a feeling rather than a place.
Now it’s gone, demolished,"
Deborah Wintle-Escott at 36 Aigburth Drive
Aleasha: "Where are we DEB?"
Deborah: "We are here, in Aigburth, well in Sefton Park, the boating lake in Sefton park. So this was my first, well, significant place that I lived when I came to Liverpool.
"It was a bed and breakfast. In those days, and I don’t know if it’s changed now, there were a whole load of bed and breakfasts that were for homeless people so the DHSS would pay a certain amount. So I was nineteen years old, so I think my benefit was £23 pounds a week, was my benefit. Which I suppose, maybe you would call it a hostel, now. But they would take off a certain amount because you got breakfast in the morning. So my money that I got every week was £18.
"So this is where I came to live when I was nineteen years old. And that’s the house there, thirty-six Aigburth Drive. And the top-right window, right at the top, right, that was my room, there. And I still have dreams about it. Uuum one of my recurring dreams is still being in the house. Well, I say a recurring dream but each time the dream is different, so it’s a different scenario, where I’m here, usually here walking up the stairs. The stairs have a big significance to me because I had to walk right from the top to the bottom occasionally minding the rats that ran across. (laughs) all the time. And I was here… uuum, when I first came here was with Beck’s biological father and that’s the room that I was in, stayed in, until he left and then that’s the room that I stayed in after that and I used to… and that’s the room that I had... well, I didn’t have Beck in there. I had her in the hospital, but I brought her home here so this was her first home as well.
"When I dream about the house it’s like a maze. Because the way it was then, and as I say I would love to go back in and go up the stairs. Even now I look at it and there’s like the ground floor and the first floor and then the second floor. In my mind there are like seven floors to it. I always dream of it much bigger so many more stairs.
"So I was here for quite a significant amount of time and almost the people in the house, both the landlady and other residents became like my Liverpool family. I suppose because I was quite young and alone. And the landlady used to shout at me because I used to go down and buy cleaning products with my dole. She’d go, “Why are you spending the eighteen pounds that you’ve got a week on this?” and she used to send me pans of scouse up as well.
"This part of the house. There’s like almost like a gables, would you call it. I don’t know. So you‘ve got the main body of the house and it looks like a little add on. It wasn’t as added on so that door. The door to the right was never there before, but that was always the landlady’s flat Doreen. That’s where she lived. And she took me under her wing and when my grandparents came up. My grandma’s not alive any more but they came up and went thank you. And thanked her for looking after me. She was really strong and she’s still alive. I bumped into someone who recognised me from this house … uuum in the New Year. I was working for writing on t eh wall. Her name was Rochelle and she said “You’re Debbie aren’t you” and she remembered me and I went. Basically she’d married into the family so we had a good old chat about how they’re doing now. So she used to live in that flat. She had a sunbed in her back bedroom. It’s where I learned a lot of Scouse in this house. Or Scouse phrases like… which I’d never heard before like “back kitchen”. I was going “What is a back kitchen? Is there a front kitchen as well?” But it, you know, it was always, you know we’ll go in the back kitchen and we’d sit in there and have our... And every morning she’d do sausages or bacon, eggs, toast, beans. Proper breakfast. So, even though they were taking it off the dole, she would go, “get down here and have your breakfast. Eat some food so that you’re eating.”
"It does, it’s had huge significance in my life and I think it always will, because it was my first My first real home in Liverpool. It’s were awful things happened to me there. But also really good things as well. And when I left there, I left much stronger than when I entered and that is because of the people I met. People that sat down sat it the back garden with Beck when she was little fed each other, looked out for each other. You know. So it’s a… you know… umm. I’d really love to go back up and go back into the room. I bet it would be completely different now. My room was quite a big double room. It had a double bed in it. And do you remember the old cabinets. I remember my Nan having one. It was one of the old cabinets and it had a little thing that you would lift down as a table. Almost like a bureau, but a kitchen bureau. I had a little couch, and a table and two chairs by the window so I used to look out of that window and that was my view. This was my view of the park and the boating lake. And watching people and then imagining what it was like to have a home which even though I had a home it was a room in a home."