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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitlePrice, Reginald Charles
Ref No8SUF/B/039
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 9 & Disc 10
Date5 Apr 1975
Extent039a - 23:33, 039b - 71:29
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Reginald Price and Price; Millicent Braine [née Browne] (fl.1881-1918); suffragette and Quaker
DescriptionInterview took place at 54 Cremorne Road, Mere Green, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield. The interview is in two parts: 039a and 039b.

Interview summary:

0:00 mins:
Studying art at the Academy of the West of England (1900s). Friendship with Stanley Anderson and other young socialists. Memories of attending the first suffrage meeting in Bristol, meeting Millicent Browne, hearing her speak. Defending the suffragettes, suffragette activity in Bristol. Women banned from political meetings, supporting suffragettes, heckling politicians. Attending a political meeting at Colston Hall, Bristol [May 1909]. Suffragettes hiding in the organ [Vera Wentworth and Elsie Howey]. Being violently thrown out the meeting for heckling and supporting the suffrage movement.

15:00 mins:
His brother defending him against the police. Standing up for his rights and views. College master's disapproval of his behaviour and advice. The First World War. Invited to spend Christmas at the house of Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence by five suffragettes, including his future wife [Millicent Browne]. Marriage to Browne. Offer from Sir Stephen Gatty. Sculpture influenced by suffragettes.

0:00 mins:
Charlie Marsh. Memories of attending suffrage processions and meetings in Hyde Park. Growing animosity towards suffragettes, hunger striking and forcible feeding. His anger at poor treatment of suffragettes. Raiding the House of Commons. Police brutality against women. Mrs Pankhurst and Teresa Billington-Greig. Outbreak of First World War. The Pankhursts. Increasing militancy of suffragettes, arson and violence, change of mood. Millicent Browne summoned to London to instruct volunteers in violence. Her refusal to do so due to dislike of violence. Sylvia Pankhurst. Reginald's activity during the war, refugees. Pacifism. Sir Stephen Gatty.

15:00 mins:
Offer to work at Sir Stephen Gatty's studio in Ypre Street, near his house in Grosvenor Square. Being accepted at the Royal College of Art. His parent's poverty. Socialist beliefs and family background. Father's socialism and artistic temperament. His own drawing ability. Mother's maiden name (Charles) and religious beliefs. Scholarship to Merchant Venturers Technical College in Bristol and decision to leave and study art at fifteen years old. Headmaster and parent's views. Working as a stock clerk at United Yeast.

30:00 mins:
Leaving his job. Working for Sir Stephen Gatty. Mixing in high society. Leaving Gatty, his own studio in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. Thriving community of craftspeople in Letchworth. Millicent Browne working as a teacher. Socialists' dislike of suffragettes. Called to appear in court, his objection and support of suffragette being tried. Dislike of inequity. Connection between peace movement and women's suffrage.

45:00 mins:
Connection between the peace movement and the women's movement. Impact of women getting the vote. Atomic bomb and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Joining the Society of Friends (Quakers) before the First World War. He and his wife diverge from militancy. Christabel Pankhurst. General feeling about the Pankhursts. Quakers and women's suffrage. Suffragette militancy. Mrs Pankhurst's personality and speaking ability. Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence. Annie Kenney. Meeting the Pethick-Lawrences and metalwork commission. Career as an artist. Activity during the war and afterwards. Working as librarian at the College of Art in Birmingham.

60:00 mins:
Difficulty of making a living as a craftsman. Work pattern, building up the library at the Birmingham College of Art, art history. Living in Letchworth. Lecturing on the history of art. Colston Hall meeting and first suffragette meeting in Bristol. Millicent Browne's friendship with Mary [no surname given], Mary attacked by stewards and ensuing illness. Hearing Millicent Browne speak and her ability to hold a crowd, her literary interests and writing, her book about Sister Dora. Her death from cancer. School teaching. Her character and motivation for becoming a suffragette, becoming a Quaker.
Related Record7MPR
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 13
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