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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleBennett, Mrs Mary
Ref No8SUF/B/016
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 4
Date9 Oct 1974
Extent50:00 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies of Mary Bennett and Fisher; Lettice [née Ilbert] (1875-1956); social worker
DescriptionInterviewee is the daughter of Lettice Fisher and HAL Fisher.

Interview summary:

0:00 mins:
Work of Lettice Fisher [mother of Mary Bennett] giving advice to new mothers. The Cottage Improvement Society. Personality and family relationships of Lettice Fisher. Mrs TH Green, and TH Green's influence on her parents generally. HAL Fisher [father of Mary Bennett] and his support of her mother. Both suffragists with a shared interest in Oxford, the duty of the educated towards the uneducated, and Liberal politics. Influence of HAL Fisher on his wife.

15:00 mins:
Friendships with Mrs Pritchard, and Mrs Wells, wife of the Warden of Wadham College. Importance of the University on the city of Oxford. Character of Lettice Fisher: her unconventional behaviour and dress caused shock in Oxford. Lettice Fisher's relationship with her sisters. The Ilbert daughters. Lady Mary Murray. Lettice Fisher's attitude to housekeeping. Her interest in music.

30:00 mins
The family's temporary move to Sheffield. Lettice Fisher's health. Return to Oxford in 1917. Her writing and broadcasting. Her hens. Her work for the National Council for Unmarried Mothers until 1949. Lettice and HAL Fisher's friendship with Sir Gilbert Murray and Lady Mary Murray. Lettice Fisher's relationship with pupils. Her teaching methods. Her distaste for the elegant country-house life which her husband liked.

45:00 mins:
Oddness of HAL Fisher's respect for Lloyd George.
Related Record5OPF
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 06 Side 1
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