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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleWalker, Mrs Anne re Laura Taylor
Ref No8SUF/B/076
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 16
Date20 Mar 1976
Extent76a - 36:59 mins, 76b - 87:23 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies of Anne Walker and Laura Taylor
DescriptionInterview took place at 11 Molescroft Road, Beverley, Yorks. Interviewee is the daughter of suffrage campaigner Laura Taylor.

Interview in 2 parts: 8SUF/B/076a and 8SUF/B/076b.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins: Laura Taylor's relationship with her conservative family. Aged seventeen helping set up a suffragette movement in Lincoln. Meeting her husband who was a committed socialist. Marriage at nineteen. Laura's education and interest in current affairs. Her children. Street corner speeches. Her ability to get other women interested. Her reaction to the vote being granted. Her husband's work in the First World War. The family car and Laura as driver. Husband's election to parliament and political career - Mr Taylor as Labour MP for Lincoln, 1924-1931. Friends included George Lansbury, Margaret Bondfield and Ramsay MacDonald. Friends in Conservative Party. Domestic arrangements. Deaths of Anne's sister and brother.

15:00 mins: The family's religious belief. Mr Taylor at Ruskin College. The daughters' education in Belgium. Death of Mr Taylor. His suspicions of Ramsay MacDonald. The Manor House Hospital. A Zeppelin raid. Laura's work as Chair of Labour Women's Section and on Board of Guardians. Laura as a public speaker. Visit to West Indies. The General Strike.

00:00 mins: Death of Laura in 1966 and her funeral. Mr Taylor's visit to Russia and social ostracism. Class divisions in Lincoln. Laura's childhood, her siblings and step-mother. Laura as a mother. Anne's education. The Ming Strike. Appeasement and Hitler. Anne's career and parents' influence. Service to the community.

15:00 mins: Mr and Mrs Taylor as public speakers. Laura' involvement in running a trade union convalescent home at Stansted Mountfitchet (Mary Macarthur House). Her work as a secretary. Description of the Home, endowment and organisation. The Second World War. Parents' friendship with German Socialists. Laura's attitude towards Hitler and Spanish Civil War. Laura's favourite newspaper. Work as a matron at Stansted Mountfitchet. Involvement in village affairs. Member of League of Nations Union and pro-monarchy. Laura's appearance.

30:00 mins: Anne's wedding. Laura's ability to manage staff. Anne's war work. Mr and Mrs Taylor's attitude to cosmetics, and domestic staff. Laura's broadmindedness and her concern about permissiveness. Her interest in Birth Control and maternity care . Agitation for Laura to organise a MacArthur Home in North of England. Anne's sister's work as Welfare Officer for London County Council (LCC).

45:00 mins: A second convalescent home opened at Poulton-le-Fylde in 1948, and run by Laura Taylor till she retired. Laura's retirement. Return to Sidcup to live with widowed daughter. The car accident killing Anne's sister and injuring Laura . Laura moving to Anne's home. Her participation in village life in Sidcup and with the handicapped. Old age. Joining the National Council of Women. Her role as a grandmother.

60:00mins: Laura's influence on Anne's life. Her attitude to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Her admiration for John F Kennedy. The relationship between Laura and Mr Taylor. Laura's views on health. Laura after husband's death and disinterest in remarriage. Joining the Women's Institute at Stansted

75:00mins: Laura's criticism of National Council of Women. Her broad horizons, religion and attitude to Labour Party and politics in later life. Laura's views on class.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 23 / Tape24
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