Time of One's Own: Leisure and Young People, 1960s
How did young Scots use their free time in 1964? Pearl Jephcott (1900-1980) , a remarkable University of Glasgow researcher, tried to find some answers to this question in the mid-1960s.

She interviewed 600 young people in the 15-19 age range in Armadale, Dennistoun and Drumchapel and consulted another 2400 in discussion groups and through written work. The research period was October 1963 to June 1966.

Her extremely readable conclusions give a fascinating insight into the period. Her book: Time of One's Own, Leisure and Young People was published for the University by Oliver and Boyd in 1967.

The previously unpublished images from the archive were rediscovered earlier this year by the sociologists Dr John Goodwin and Dr Henrietta O'Connor of the University of Leicester.

The drawings were produced by two art teachers, one student at the Glasgow School of Art and various boys and girls aged 14 and 15 who had taken part in the study. The rights are retained by the creators and they may assert their rights if they wish.

We would love to hear from anyone who was involved in the study in the 1960s - maybe as interviewers or interviewees, youth leaders, health visitors, artists, photographers or colleagues of Jephcott.

Although now out of print, Time of One's Own is available in many libraries, including the University of Glasgow:

For more information about Pearl Jephcott see:

John Goodwin and Henrietta O'Connor can be contacted at the University of Leicester's Centre for Labour Market Studies:

Dr Susan A. Batchelor, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow, and Dr Alistair Fraser are leading research building on Jephcott's work.

For more information about this collection please contact the Duty Archivist at Glasgow University Archive Services, quoting reference DC127 Box 22a:

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