Reflections by Josephine Melville, July 2020
Level: Category
Sound Archive
Level: Fonds
Level: Series
Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories
Scope and Content:
Josephine Melville reflecting on her mother and father, Edmund (Edwin) and Byrel Melville, in July 2020.

[00:00:00] Josephine describes how her parents came to London in the 1950s and met at a party in East London. Wanted a better life in the 'Mother Country'. Recalls sending a large barrel back to family in Jamaica, stocked with rice, oil, toiletries and clothes. Likens filling the barrel to locking away the 'hurt and the pain and unsatisfied feelings of what the real situation was here in London'. Comments on the bravery and resilience of her parents. Hopes to pass on not the 'locked barrel of regret', but a 'baton of empowerment'.

See SA 69/2/8/3 for a transcript of this recording.
Dates of Creation:
July 2020
3 minutes
Creator Name:
Josephine Melville
Admin History:
This recording was included in the 'Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories' installation at the Port of Tilbury, featuring alongside an interview with Freda Seaton in one of 21 sound windows.
Archivist Note:
Copyright held by Josephine Melville
Physical Characteristics:
Original recording: 1 WAV file
Access copy: 1 MP3 file
Related Unit of Description:
For a transcript of this recording, see SA 69/2/8/3
Dates of Description:
5 October 2022
Publication Notes:
'Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories', Evewright Arts (2022)
Not Available:
Essex Sound and Video Archive: use digital copy available on Soundcloud