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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleRoberts, Miss Winifred Adair
Ref No8SUF/B/015
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 4
Date8 Oct 1974
Extent134:00 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Winifred Roberts
DescriptionInterview took place at 19 Bryanston Mansions, York Street, London W1H 1DA.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Joined the Women's Social Political Union (WSPU) when it formed. Her family background. Irish background. Family life at the time she joined the WSPU. HG Wells as a lecturer at Cambridge and taught her sister. Father Arthur Adair Roberts support of suffragettes. During the First World War family home used for care of discharged shell-shocked soldiers.

15:00 mins:
After the war the family home was used to help tired nurses recover from fatigue. Her education and parents. Wealthy childhood upbringing and family religious beliefs. Father Arthur Adair Roberts' political beliefs. Educational history, governess and univeristy.

30:00 mins:
Frequent illnesses. Attended St Felix's school, the Quaker school The Mount and Darlington College. Her sister Ethel Adair Roberts a suffragette who opened the first physical training college for women in Scotland and became the Principle.

45:00 mins:
Being the 'daughter at home' till age 43. Family prayers and religious attitudes. Training College at West Hill, Birmingham for Sunday School teaching.

60:00 mins:
Started a Sunday school in Hampstead. Her time living in India. Selling 'Votes for Women' newspaper in Finchley Road and stewarding at suffragette meetings. Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) shop in Hampstead.
Made and took dinners to Emmeline Pankhurst and other hunger strikers at Lincoln's Inn when on release from Holloway.

75:00 mins:
Her later career. Wrote cook books. Sister Muriel Adair Roberts in Holloway with Lady Lutyens for six months. Stewarded at Queen's Hall. Sister Ethel Adair Roberts interest in poverty and politics. Parents supported Mr Fegan's homes for children.

90:00 mins:
Suffragette efforts during the war.

105:00 mins:
Ethel Adair Roberts editor of a journal of physical education. Another sister Nora Adair Roberts worked with Octavia Hill. Her time in the Women's Volunteer Reserve through out the First World War.

120:00 mins:
Involvement with the YMCA. Later life and charity work.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 05
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