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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleRicardo, Lady Beatrice
Ref No8SUF/B/026
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 6
Date29 Nov 1974
Extent81:27 mins
Admin Biographical HistoryLady Ricardo
DescriptionInterview took place at Woodside, Graffham, Petworth, Sussex. Interviewee is the sister of Cicely Hale [see interview 8SUF/B/021].

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Negative attitudes towards suffragettes. Embarrassing on social occasions in the Edwardian period to have to admit you were a suffragist. Chaired Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU) meeting at Hammersmith Broadway. Selling WSPU papers in the street and speaking at street-corners. Parental attitudes to her suffrage work. Sister Cicely Hale an active suffrage campaigner, and mother and grandmother were supportive. Sir John Dickinson a family friend and Chief Metropolitan Magistrate supported the movement because of Cicely Hale and Lady Ricardo. Her nanny Mary Pilgrim also involved. Went with Grace Roe to Lincoln to run a meeting at a by-election. Exaggerations of suffragette violence. Educational deprivation by comparison with her brothers. Father a doctor who refused to take fees off women who worked.

15:00 mins:
Attending the gymnasium and meeting friends there. Father's attitudes to female education. Christabel Pankhurst's eloquence, and her speeches in Hyde Park. Christabel Pankhurst's wit, how she dealt with crowd interruptions. Mrs Pankhurst as speaker compared. Feels in retrospect she was cowardly in her advocacy, disliking being on the unpopular side. Representations of Christabel and Sylvia Pankhurst in television programme 'Shoulder to Shoulder'.

30:00 mins:
Funeral of Emily Davidson. Evelina Haverfield leading a procession on a horse. Meetings at Queens Hall and the Albert Hall. Met Grace Roe at meetings. Negative attitudes towards suffragettes. Grace Roe as a suffragette activist. Grace Roe going to prison and her commitment to the cause. Suffragette's influenced by theosophy. Sylvia Pankhurst's illegitimate son, Richard Pankhurst.

45:00 mins:
Sister Cicely Hale a steward at suffrage meetings. Children's reaction to parent's involvement in the movement. The nanny Mary Pilgrim accompanied them to Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU) meetings. Artists in the movement.

60:00 mins:
Husband Harry Ricardo's attitudes to suffragettes. Attitudes of National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) to the Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU). Her mother's life at home before Lady R got married - paying 'calls' etc. Importance of finding a husband - failure in doing so soured her older sister Mildred. Mildred's work as a secretary to the Duchess of Marlborough. Lady Ricardo's membership of the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) and its role in educating women.

75:00 mins:
Daughters' professions.
Related Record8SUF/B/021
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 08
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