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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleStephens, Mrs Marjorie Sprince
Ref No8SUF/B/088
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 19
Date30 May 1976
Extent088a - 23:00 mins, 088b - 56:00 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Marjorie Sprince Stephens
DescriptionInterview took place at The Forge, Hollow Lane, Wilton, Nr Marlborough, Wilts (London address: 118 Loudoun Road, London NW8 0ND). Interviewee was secretary to Eva Hubback. Also see other interviews related to Hubback [8SUF/B/067, 8SUF/B/066, 8SUF/B/070, 8SUF/B/072, 8SUF/B/100, 8SUF/B/119, 8SUF/B/151, 8SUF/B/189, 8SUF/B/195].

Interview in 2 parts: 8SUF/B/088a and 8SUF/B/088b.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins: Marjorie Sprince appointed secretary for both the Association for Education and Citizenship and the Family Endowment Society, position paid for by Eva Hubback and Eleanor Rathbone. Started in the middle of 1940 and worked for two years. Eva Hubback was the Principle of Morley College. Describes Eva Hubback's personality and relationship with her children. Her capacity for delegation. The excitement of working with her. Her love of the open air. Her generosity. Her carelessness about appearances. Her occasional insensitivity. Her demands on her subordinates. Her relationship with Charles Graves and the impact of his death.

15:00 mins: Eva Hubback came from a large wealthy Jewish family, her public life was more important than her private life. Her accessibility. Her dependability in the Second World War. Running courses for Education for Citizenship in a Lambeth bomb shelter during the war.

00:00 mins: Eva Hubback's administrative abilities. The effect on Eva Hubback of the bombing of Morley college. The death of Charles Graves left her depressed as suggested in 'Family Inheritance: A life of Eva Hubback' by Diana Hopkinson (1954).

15:00 mins: Eva's relationship with Eleanor Rathbone. Eva Hubback's dislike of Russian communism and fascism. Her tendancy to fall asleep in meetings. Her family although Jewish were very much part of the English establishment. Her generosity with her holiday homes. Her attitudes to class. Ernest Simon.

30:00 mins: Secretarial arrangements at Eva Hubback's Hampstead home. What the house was like. She was very patriotic and pro-Churchill during the Second World War. Was a very loyal friend and stood by Benjamin Britton even though he was a pacifist. Interest in educational matters, King Alfred's School, youth clubs for displaced workers, Workers' Educational Association (WEA). Eleanor Rathbone's campaign for Family Allowances was run from Hampstead. Marjorie Sprince lectured on behalf of Family Allowance campaign.

45:00 mins: Eva Hubback's relationship with Eleanor Rathbone. Her marriage and how she did not want to marry again. Her relationships with male colleagues. Eva Hubback's need to support causes was more personal than puritanical.
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 28 / Tape 29
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