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Description: Corinne Botham
Collection: 1948 Olympics: Then & Now
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1948 was an eventful year for Corinne as it involved moving half way around the world. She had always lived in India but, following the country’s independence in 1947, it was no longer safe for the family to stay there and they moved to Britain.

Corinne says that it was difficult to get used to life in Britain. In India, the family had become accustomed to a life of luxury with servants doing their shopping, cooking, clearing away and washing. Her mother wondered how she would cope with a life of ration books and utility furniture, and no sweets for the children.

 However, before Corinne and her family moved to Britain, they had already experienced upheaval. During the Japanese War, they lived in Calcutta near Assam with the Japanese just over the border. American and British troops were called in to stop them invading and to build a great railway for which one man died per sleeper laid. It was a horrendous conflict and Corinne was evacuated to the middle of India. After the War, the family moved back to Calcutta, but nothing was rebuilt for a long time to come – even the rubble from buildings lay in the streets. It was then that the family moved to Britain, to a completely different life altogether.


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Description: Video interview with Corinne Botham
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