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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleHopkinson, Mr David and Mrs Diana
Ref No8SUF/B/067
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 15
Date15 Feb 1976
Extent67a - 20:11 mins, 67b - 125:34 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Diana Hopkinson and Eva Hubback
DescriptionInterview took place at Missenden House, Little Missenden, Amersham, Bucks. Interview relates to Eva Hubback. Interviewees are the son-in-law and daughter of Eva Hubback. Also see other interviews related to Hubback [8SUF/B/119, 8SUF/B/066, 8SUF/B/070, 8SUF/B/072, 8SUF/B/088, 8SUF/B/100, 8SUF/B/151, 8SUF/B/189, 8SUF/B/195, 8SUF/B/203].

Interview is in two parts 8SUF/B/067a and 8SUF/B/067b.

Interview summary, 8SUF/B/067a:
0:00 mins: Eva Hubback's writings. The Yellow Book and link with Margery Corbett Ashby. Eva's political leanings. Her newspapers and her working habits. The effect on her health and early death. Her reading matter, fiction and non fiction. Her enquiring nature. Impressing her ideas on her children but putting no obstacles in their way. Encouraging Diana to go to Oxford University. Helping with Diana's wish to go to art college. Eva's wide connections with her Cambridge friends and Jewish cousins. Her social life with her family. Her marriage to a non-Jew and her cousins' attitudes.

15:00 mins: Eva's political career. Political reforms for child welfare. Helping mothers of her own class and setting up Theosophist schools. Her connection with the Olivier sisters The New Education Fellowship and her views on progressive education.

Interview summary, 8SUF/B/067b:
00:00 mins: Diana's biography of Eva. Eva's practical ideas, but disorganised domestic life and her untidiness. Her relationship with her servants. A nanny for the children and a summer holiday governess. Eva's energy even on holiday. Her enjoyment of discussion with young children and impatience with people who had no political ideas. Diana's discussion with Eva about Adam von Trop. Her secretaries.

15:00 mins: Eva working up to her death. Her working pattern and delegation. Social class did not matter to her, although not entirely at ease with working class. The students she met at Morley College. Comparison with Mary Stocks. Would not have approved of her children marrying someone working class. Eva's social circle when young. Her Jewish identity. Relationship between Eva and her mother. Eva's family participation in voluntary work especially her grandmother.

30:00 mins: Influence of being Jewish. Eva's love of ceremony, family celebrations, sense of public duty. Her caring and concern stemming from her Jewish background. Eva more interested in men than women, and male children. Her value to the women's movement because of ability to get on with men. Near the end of her life feelings of depression and regret.

45:00 mins: Her relationship with her children and women friends. Eleanor Rathbone. Elizabeth Macadam. Competition between Mary Stocks and Rathbone. Mary Stocks seeking affection. Eva's relationship with the Raphael family and little connection with the Hubback family. Her financial problems, help from her parents and Ernest Simon who paid for medical treatment, holidays and some school bills. Eva's health problems in middle years of her life

60:00 mins: Eva's treatment in hospital. Her freedom from self-pity but expectation of gratitude. Disappointment at not being given honours and no opportunity to enter Parliament. Joining the Labour Party to get elected to the London County Council (LCC). Her lack of skill as a speaker. Eva's unhappy marriage. Husband's alchoholism. Eva's achievements of the 1930s: campaigns for birth control, school meals and school milk. Her interest in social welfare and medicine. The Islington Mother and Baby Clinic and the Mothers' Club in her own home.

75:00 mins: The lodgers in her home, including John Freeman. Possible reasons for not being awarded an honour. Not being invited to give evidence to the Commission on Population. Her techniques for marshalling information, her working practices. Letter in 1932 from Herbert Samuel. Resumption of friendship with her relatives after widowhood.

90:00 mins: Eva's unsophistication and sense of humour. Her political dilemma at the 1944 election. Lecture tour of Middle East and reaction to Labour Government. Diana's life at home until she was twelve. Eva's lack of domestic skills, little interest in food and clothes. Her tactlessness and relationship with her son-in-laws' family. Eva as a mother. Eva as a disciplinarian. Eva's friendship with Amber Blanco White dating from her Newnham College days.

105:00 mins: Supporting Amber Blanco White when she had an affair with HG Wells. Eva's commitment to democracy in personal life. The first election when women could vote. Her views on democracy and Oswald Mosley. Her political acquaintances in the early 1920s. The English Communist Party. Her involvement in the Movement for Democratic Education and in Spiritualism.
Related Record8SUF/B/066
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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