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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleNeedham, Mrs Nita
Ref No8SUF/B/090
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 19
Date31 May 1976
Extent50:00 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Nita Needham, Esther Knowles, Emmeline and Fred Pethick-Lawrence
DescriptionInterview took place at 14 Yarnton Road, Kidlington. Interviewee is the niece of Esther Knowles (the sister of Mrs Needham's mother) - Knowles was an employee of the Pethick-Lawrences. Also see other interviews related to the Pethick-Lawrences [8SUF/B/092, 8SUF/B/097, 8SUF/B/102]

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Relationship of Mrs Needham to Esther Knowles. Esther's family background. Her social sphere. Her education and help given by Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence. Joins Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU) as office girl. Esther's relationship with her family. Becomes Emmeline's, and then Fred Pethick-Lawrence's, secretary. Relationship between Esther and the Pethick-Lawrences. The separation Esther maintained between her family and her work. How she managed the Pethick-Lawrences' personal affairs. Her politics and interest in religion.

15:00 mins:
Esther's intelligence and ability to get on with all age groups. Her fondness for Mrs Needham. Her various homes. Her total commitment to the Pethick-Lawrence family. Her interests outside work. Her health: deafness and migraine. Her dedication to work. Her domestic arrangements, attitude to clothes, her looks and dislike of photographs.

30:00 mins:
Joining Suffrage Fellowship to support Grace Roe; dissent in the Fellowship. Her attitude towards foreign policy totally influenced by Fred Pethick-Lawrence. Her personal life and interest in home and garden. Records of Scroll Ceremony destroyed by Mrs Needham. Esther's retirement and post-retirement work. Views on old age and desire to see the Pethick-Lawrences vindicated. What happened to the Pethick-Lawrence papers. Working with Vera Brittain on Pethick-Lawrences' biography.

45:00 mins:
Mrs Needham's memories of Fred Pethick-Lawrence. Mrs Needham's family.
Related Record8SUF/B/092
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 29
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