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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleFulford, Mrs Edith
Ref No8SUF/B/093
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 20
Date9 Jun 1976
Extent82:29 mins
DescriptionInterview took place at 141 Hollywood Avenue, Birmingham B47 5QJ.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Occupation of her father. Difficulties of middle class women running households on limited income. Her mother and how she ran the house. Her mother's education.. Deaths of her siblings. Lack of opportunities for her mother to earn. Excursions with her father to London. Trip to the Franco-British Exhibition (1908). John Hall-Edwards and X-Ray tent at the Franco-British Exhibition. Her subscription to the Children's Encyclopaedia. Her paternal grandmother's work. Her father's self education and interest in books. Her father's politics. Her parents' church-going habits. Her involvement with the Church. Her enthusiasm for singing in local chapels. Rivalry between different church choirs.

15:00 mins:
Her natural gift for playing the piano. How singing was taught to her in primary school. Her schooling. Her scholarship to grammar school in Summer Hill. Her expectation of a scholarship to university. The Election in 1929. Political reasons for not getting the scholarship. Death of her sister. Her entry into teacher training at Broad Street in Birmingham. Her experience of teaching in various schools. Getting her degree from Birmingham University.

30:00 mins:
Her interest in philosophy and Buddhism at university. What made her a socialist. Reading as a young child. Her introduction to suffrage. Consumption in Birmingham. Braving opposition to the suffragettes in Birmingham. Dorothy Evans. Description of Eleanor Rathbone's appearance on tour to promote the payment of family allowances directly to mothers. Her family and friends' opposition to her becoming a suffragette. The support from her head teacher at work. Her experiences selling 'Votes For Women'. Her introduction to chairing and speaking at meetings for the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).

45:00 mins:
Violence and negative reaction to suffragettes. Public reaction to female prisoners in Birmingham. Her response to the force feeding of Emmeline Pankhurst. Interrupting religious services for the cause. Aurthur Henderson. How money was raised for the WSPU in Birmingham. Description of Dorothy Evans. Lack of student teachers in the movement. Bringing her mother to see Emmeline Pankhurst speak at a meeting. Her parents' attitude to the cause. The organisation of the processions. A meeting at the Royal Albert Hall. Annie Besant speaking. Fundraising for the WSPU. Spending her holidays campaigning for by-elections. The effect of being a suffragette on the rest of her life. Her study of Buddhism and Theosophy.

60:00 mins:
Her theological and philosophical crises. The Theosophy Society meetings in Birmingham. A letter from Annie Besant. Her admiration of and gratitude to Annie Besant. Influence of Theosophy on her.

75:00 mins:
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Marrying her husband during the First World War. Teaching piano. Becoming secretary of the Women's Guild. Learning Esperanto. Not voting for Labour because of their attitude towards the Vietnam War. Her letter writing to her Member of Parliment. Her nightmares.

She plays the piano at the end of the recording.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 31
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