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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleMunro-Ashman, Dr Donald
Ref No8SUF/B/052
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 11
Date30 Jul 1975
Extent97:50 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Donald Munro-Ashman and Munro; Anna Gillies Macdonald (1881-1962); suffrage campaigner and magistrate
DescriptionInterview took place at Oaklea, Bucklebury, Reading. Interviewee is the son of Anna Munro. Also see interview with his mother [8SUF/B/048] and other related interviews [8SUF/B/120, 8SUF/B/166, 8SUF/B/168, 8SUF/B/170].

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Housekeeping skills, entertaining and suffrage cause. Domestic staff. Personality and lifestyle. National British Total Abstinence Union and attitude to alcohol. Views on class, politics, nationalisation. Decision to keep maiden name. Contradiction between affluent lifestyle and political views (Labour movement). Daimler motor car and driving. Deafness and disability. Relationship with son [Donald Munro-Ashman] and views on his choice of career. Local politics and views about local landowners. Views on vaccination.

15:00 mins:
Views on compulsory vaccination. Relationship with children and grandchildren. Conflict between home life and outside interests. Rothesay Pier. Nanny's [Dorothy Adams] role in children's lives. Attitude to discipline and punishment. Husband's [Sidney Ashman] differing interests views. Parties and relationship with in-laws. Views on education, choice of children's school. Character and role in the home. Private income. Relationship with husband, husband's business, nationalisation, over-expansion and retirement. Friendship with Kate Evans. Liberal attitude and interest in reading. Speaking style. Gatherings of suffragettes at Aldermaston. Charlotte Despard.

30:00 mins:
Meetings and house guests. Household finances. Family and childhood. Attitude to being Scottish, heritage and ancestry. Socialism and aristocratic background. Sisters of the Poor, early interest in socialism. Women's Freedom League. Religion and involvement in Sisterhood movement. Personality and behaviour towards others. Winston Churchill and his attitude to the suffrage movement. Pethick-Lawrence. Relationship with son [Donald].

45:00 mins:
Donald Munro-Ashman's first wife and breakdown of his marriage. Views on family life and morality. Role as grandmother. Dress sense and public appearances. Foreign travel, Italy and Russia. Talks at the Women's Institute, Women's Own, Mother's Union. Motor car, love of driving. Friendship with Lilian Lenton [1930s]. Reluctance to talk about experience as a suffragette. Friendship with wife of Lord Taylor and Lady Astor. Views on bringing up children. Home life and political activity. Union of Women Teachers. Asked to stand for parliament. Loyalty to husband and children, relationship with husband.

60:00 mins:
How she met her husband, suffragette caravan tours and meetings. Courtship and marriage. Where the family lived. Views on the Women's Institute and Women's Own. Activity in the Second World War. Travel to Germany and Prague. Views on fascism and war, influence on son. Physical appearance and admirers. Meetings and leadership skills, speaking style.

75:00 mins:
Role as magistrate. Scottish Nationalism. Views on Communism and trip to Russia. Visits to Greece and Yugoslavia. Friendship with Teresa Billington-Greig. Children of suffragettes, Minerva Club and holidays. Fairs for the Women's Freedom League. Yvonne Arnaud. Married name and children's names. Charlotte Despard. Reunions of elderly suffragettes. Beauty and youth and attitude to beauty. Dedication to causes and decline of her career.

90:00 mins:
Duty to family. Ideas about shoes for children. Her own childhood and upbringing.
Related Record8SUF/B/048
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 15
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