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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleLewcock, Mrs Connie
Ref No8SUF/B/084
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 18
Date15 Apr 1976
Extent120:01 mins
DescriptionInterview took place at 19 Silver Hill Drive, Newcastle 5.

Interview summary:
How converted to working for Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU) . Her childhood in Horncastle. Her parents. Staying with her aunt on her mother's re-marriage on her father's decease. Her childhood reading. Her education and subsequent career as a schoolteacher. Learning public speaking with the WSPU. Conflicts between her WSPU work and her career. Organising munitions workers at Middlesbrough for the Federation of Women Workers in First World War. How she met Will, her future husband, at a Chopwell meeting. The nature of their marriage relationship. Influence of her suffragette career on her later life. Selling suffragette papers in the Newcastle streets. Conscientious objection in First World War. Will's later career as a Labour Party organiser in South Wales and Yorkshire in the 1930s. Her abandonment of pacifism with the Spanish Civil War. How Connie backed up Will in his career. His last illness. Her continuing political interests and 'causes'. Class relations and suffragism in Horncastle. How she joined the WSPU in Newcastle. Being thrown out of the meetings she interrupted as a suffragist. The support she got from the miner, Joss Craddock. How the interruption of political meetings was organised. How she planned the burning of Waterhouses railway station. Doing poor law work in Horncastle as a young woman. Her loss of religious faith. Interrupting religious services for the WSPU. Her regrets at not going to prison. Her attitude to Women's Liberation. The impressiveness of suffragette processions.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 27
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