Dr Rachel Lock-Lewis, I’m a historian at the University of South Wales
I’m afraid I disliked history in school and consequently dropped the subject as soon as I could, so I was a later convert! Saying that, I’ve always enjoyed visiting museums plus old advertisements, magazine and archive film has always held a special allure to me as a glimpse into people’s lives and mentalities in the past. I think historians have to be ‘nosey’ about other people’s lives!
My husband and my son have been a constant inspiration to me. Professionally, I am very grateful to historians such as Les James (a former colleague at the (then) University of Wales, Newport and community history activist who has worked tirelessly on promoting the regions Chartist heritage). Professor Madeleine Gray (another former colleague) has always inspired me with her energy and passion for history. Dr Ursula Masson was a former colleague whose work on feminist activism in the late nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries inspired me to specialise and to research for a PhD (she died in 2008); and Professor Sharif Gemie (who lives in Newport) supervised my PhD and Dr Richard Allen (who also lives in Newport is a lovely colleague. Saying that, I have, and have had, many wonderful colleagues at the University.
I think it may have been ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’. I can definitely remember owning and listening to the record (and crying about the sad bit when Jackie dies and Puff is lonely) as a young child, though it almost definitely had belonged to my older sister plus it wasn’t necessarily the original 1963 Peter, Mary and Paul version! Duran Duran’s ‘Arena’ was the first album I bought though I suspect I bought it a few years after its release as it took me a while to appreciate Duran Duran’s finer points.
My husband’s or my son’s
I’m strangely indifferent towards chocolate!
The last book I read was Sharif Gemie and Fiona Reid’s Outcast Europe: Refugees and Relief Workers in an Age of Total War, 1936-48 (London: Continuum, 2012). Fiona and Sharif are both colleagues of mine in the History department at University of South Wales.
Houmous / hummus and roasted Mediterranean vegetables!
Watching my son play rugby for St Julian’s High School Old Boys under 11s, (during the rugby season) and walking (preferably by the sea or river): looking at birds outside of the season.
Theatre – definitely
Massage. I’d also like to improve my use of French and Spanish.
The hill town of Orgosolo on Sardinia to see the famous murals (ooh, and the beaches around there are beautiful too).
Peace of mind in knowing you’re doing the right thing.
Possibly a journalist though I hoped to be a gymnast and / or a bus driver. I liked walking a lot so I also had a fantasy about becoming a ‘postie’.
There was a very active branch of the WSPU (Women’s Social & Political Union) in Newport; these were the radical ‘suffragettes’ whose motto was ‘deeds not words’. Margaret Haig Thomas went to prison in Usk for placing an incendiary device in a post box on Stow Hill. She later paved the way for women peers to enter the House of Lords. Rachel Barrett was based in Newport as the WSPU organiser for Wales.
Yes, a dog called Salvador. He’s a ‘Russkiy’ (Russian) toy terrier. We also have lots of birds and squirrels in our garden
I’d like to say Juliette Binoche or Audrey Tatou but that may be may being a little bit unrealistic…