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LING, S (fl 1953-2008)


Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4510

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives

Title: LING, S (fl 1953-2008)

Date(s): 2007 Nov 19

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 0.01 linear metres.

Name of creator(s): Ling | S | fl 1953-2008 | restaurant owner


Administrative/Biographical history:

Mrs Ling was originally from Guangzhou City, China. In 1953, after attending school in Guangzhou, Mrs Ling left China to travel to the UK in order to join her husband who had arrived a few years earlier. She moved in with her in-laws, who owned a small laundrette in Birkenhead, near Liverpool.

In 1954, the Lings closed down the laundrette, opening a small restaurant instead. The restaurant traded for about 5-6 years.

Mrs Ling now lives in Kent.


Scope and content/abstract:

Transcript of oral history recording Our Laundrette in Birkenhead, describing Mrs Ling's early working life in her father-in-law's laundrette.


Language/scripts of material: Chinese and English.

System of arrangement:

One item.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

This collection was acquired in 2008 as part of the 'Footprints of the Dragon' Heritage Lottery Fund project led by the Chinese National Healthy Living Centre.


Related material:

The following Chinese community collections were acquired as part of 'Footprints of the Dragon' Heritage Lottery Fund project led by Chinese National Healthy Living Centre: LMA/4497-4515, 4518, 4520


Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Records prepared May to September 2011.

Chinese (cultural identity) | National identity | Cultural nationalism | Cultural identity
Immigrants | Migrants
Immigration | Migration
Laundrettes | Commercial premises
Oral history | Historical methods | History
Personal archives | Archives
Personal papers | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources

Personal names

Corporate names

Birkenhead | Cheshire | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe