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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleBarnes, Annie
Ref No8SUF/B/028
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 7
Date18 Dec 1974
Extent106 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Annie Barnes and Sylvia Pankhurst
DescriptionInterview took place at 8 East Ham House, Loxford Avenue, East Ham, London E6. (Her sister Rose was also present). Also see interview 8SUF/B/009.

Interview summary:

0:00 mins:
Rose met Sylvia Pankhurst through her sister Annie. Sylvia's country house 'The Red Cottage', where Rose volunteered. Sylvia Pankhurst's work there. Rose and Annie distributed the East London Federation of the Suffragettes' newspaper 'The Women's Dreadnought'. Home life: their father ran a confectionery shop. Annie's suitors. Their mother. Annie's marriage.

15:00 mins:
Sylvia Pankhurst: her classlessness, trust in people, attitude to housework, food at the cottage. Sylvia's move to the Red Cottage, and later move to Ethiopia in 1957. Sylvia's death in 1960. Sylvia's provision of food at the cottage. The meeting of Sylvio Corio and Sylvia; Corio's work around the cottage. Sylvia and Corio's decision not to get married.

30:00 mins:
Birth of Sylvia and Corio's son Richard Pankhurst. Barnes' family life. Annie's care for her siblings and romantic life. Bombing during the First World War.

45:00 mins:
Death of their brother in the First World War. Their mother's funeral. Annie becoming a suffragette. Loss of Annie's fiancée, 1914.

60:00 mins:
Annie giving up training as a school-teacher to look after her mother. Her mother's death in 1910. Annie attending a suffrage rally, where a woman forced a policeman off his horse.

75:00 mins:
Annie attending a garden party at 10 Downing Street. Annie's resignation from the school council and other organisations in 1948. National Labour Women's conference in London, 1930, attended by Dr M Philips, Ellen Wilkinson, Cynthia Mosely. Stepney Charity Organisation Society between the wars. Labour activism in the East End between the wars. Clement Atlee and the Labour Party. Annie's move to Arbour Square in 1921. Annie's marriage in 1919. Work for the Labour Party during elections.

90:00 mins:
Annie's work for the Labour Party. May Day Labour march to Hyde Park. Suffragette experience contributed to her later activism.
Related Record8SUF/B/009
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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