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Wise Age (United Kingdom)

Morningside Seniors

Wise Age interviews and discussions have all involved participants who now live / are citizens of the UK but were originally from another country. This is a reflection of the multi national and multi cultural nature of London – where less than 50% are people who originate from the UK.

Gender – The Struggle for Equality

This recording was made as a round table discussion with 6 women and 2 men participating. The women – aged between 50 and 80 had all had personal experience of both sexism in society going back to the ‘50s and also in fighting for equal rights for women. There was general agreement that while there […]

Discrimination (UK)

This discussion between a group of two women and three men, aged from 50 to 70 years, focused on their various and changing experiences of discrimination. Chris: Improvements in gender discrimination over the last 40 yrs. Mother gave up own career when she married and suffered economic loss as a result. Unlikely to happen now. […]

Holidays & Festivals

A man, Chris, and a woman, Val, both 50+, had a discussion about their experiences of holidays and festivals when they were growing up. Chris talked about Xmas when he was growing up in Coventry as being a time spent at home with the family and at church. Xmas would be a time when the […]

Food Memories

Our experiences were that while we had food at home which reflected the wide variety of our backgrounds there was a lot of common experience through school meals, cafes and especially the Sweet shops! There has been a revolution in British eating habits with an amzing variety of foods from all over the world now […]

Childhood

Again the memories came from Londoners from different countries. Positive memories include the freedom of children back in the day, with the ability to go off bike riding without fear, the fun of the outdoors, on beaches, cooking fish in the hot sand, swimming and the enjoyment and freedom of nature. It does seem now […]

National identity and the EU

Wise Age is not just a UK organisation but also is London based. London is now probably the most diverse city in the world with over half of its residents born oversees or from ethnic minorities, very different from the rest of the UK. This is reflected in both the make up of the participants […]

The Environment

This recording involved a number of discussions; the main one being a roundtable conversation involving 7 people – 2 women and 5 men, drawing on what they had experienced and thought in relation to climate change and the environment. It was pointed out that ecology and the environment were distinct and different subjects and it […]

Music

“A Europe-wide initiative to encourage active citizenship and positive exchange between generations.” Europe currently faces two contrasting realities: an ageing population with longer life expectancy, in a system sustained by junior citizens who face a future of social, environmental and economic uncertainty. It can seem that the generations increasingly drift apart with the passage of […]

Can we change the world?

“A Europe-wide initiative to encourage active citizenship and positive exchange between generations.” Europe currently faces two contrasting realities: an ageing population with longer life expectancy, in a system sustained by junior citizens who face a future of social, environmental and economic uncertainty. It can seem that the generations increasingly drift apart with the passage of […]