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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleHubback, David & Miss Rachel
Ref No8SUF/B/066
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 15
Date2 Feb 1976
Extent82:58 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Eva Hubback, David and Rachel Hubback
DescriptionInterview took place at 15 Park Drive, London NW11. Interview relates to Eva Hubback. Interviewees are the son and daughter of Eva Hubback. Also see other interviews related to Hubback [8SUF/B/067, 8SUF/B/119, 8SUF/B/070, 8SUF/B/072, 8SUF/B/088, 8SUF/B/100, 8SUF/B/151, 8SUF/B/189, 8SUF/B/195].

Interview summary:
0:00 mins: Helping Eva Hubback at elections by driving her to meetings. Her professional approach and working habits. Her interest in Education for Citizenship and population. Publication of her book in 1940s. Her interest in eugenics. Infant Welfare and Islington Clinic before First World War. Ran clinic for middle-class mothers in her own home. Her friends from Cambridge. Upbringing of her children, their training in citizenship, their schools.

15:00 mins: Her contact with her children. Her own conflict about work and leaving children at home. Rachel's conversations with her mother. Her attitude to discipline, not authoritarian. The children's governess. Her caring personality and engendering loyalty in servants. Helping Jewish refugees in Second World War. Caring for children whose mother was sick and her maternal instinct. Her energy, finding time to do many things.

30:00 mins: Her religious activities and ideas. Leaving her Jewish background. Cambridge education was the main influence throughout life. Ability to delegate. Morley College and education. Disappointment on not being offered a post during Second World War. Her attitude to Fascism. Concern for the unemployed at Morley College. Her politics and sense of independence. The Attlee Government and Beveridge. During Second World War her work as a civil servant and voluntary work with National Council of Social Services.

45:00 mins: Links with the Army Current Affairs Unit. Fondness of reading and her reading matter. Passion for holidays and travel. Lectures in Persia and Malta. Her health and physical activities. Her values in dress and property. Her home. The contrast between her upbringing and later life. Influence on her children's lives. Rachel's decision not to be a doctor and Eva's reaction. Influencing David [Rachel's brother] to enter Civil Service. Her sisters' careers and working for Ellen Wilkinson.

60:00 mins: The last years of Eva's life, her feelings and fear of retirement. Development of other interests including mysticism. Her closeness to her family and death of her mother. The family's close connection with charitable work. Her father at one time worked for Jewish Boys Reformatory School. Eva mixing in several social circles. Her paperwork and her disorganisation. House-proud but did no domestic work. Liked designing houses. Her sense of humour. Her lodgers. Loneliness in later life .Did not talk about her husband.

75.00 mins: Eva's liking of young children and ability to communicate with them. The provision of a secure background for her own children. The Welsh cottage and her love of the country. Her view of Hampstead. Upper-middle-class but overcame barriers. Comparison with Mary Stocks.
Related Record8SUF/B/067
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 20
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