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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleHodgson, Mrs Mary
Ref No8SUF/B/099
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 21
LevelFile
Date2 Jul 1976
Extent44:16 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Mary Hodgson
DescriptionInterview took place at 60 Glenholt Road, Crownhill, Plymouth. Interviewee was one of the children adopted by Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Emmeline Pankhurst's adoption of three children [1915], including Mary Hodgson [also Kathleen King and Joan Pembridge]. Their nurse - Kate Pine [Catherine Pine]. Emmeline Pankhurst's approach to mothering and upbringing. Christabel Pankhurst's adoption of Elizabeth [Elizabeth Tudor, known as Betty]- her privileged position amongst the children and special treatment. Time spent in Canada and Bermuda. Interview given to Jill Craigie. Re-adoption of two of the children after death of Mrs Pankhurst. Approach to learning, education and schooling. Succession of governesses. Bilingualism (French). Time spent in France with Christabel Pankhurst. The influence of Hodgson's guardian [Miss Bevis]. Emmeline Pankhurst's attitude to boredom. Conversations between Emmeline Pankhurst and the children (her own and adopted). Emmeline Pankhurst's dispute with Sylvia Pankhurst. Presence of Aunt Ada [Ada Goulden Bach].

15:00 mins:
Sylvia Pankhurst and her mother. Emphasis on dancing and music for the children. Kate Greenaway clothing. Trips to Paris. Importance of manners. Mary Hodgson's relationship with Emmeline Pankhurst. Kate Pine's loyalty to and adoration of Emmeline Pankhurst. Emmeline Pankhurst's death and funeral. Kate Pine's position. Auntie Christabel in the 1920s. Teashop in France. Her adoptive siblings Joan and Kathleen. Elizabeth: her marriage and future. Kathleen's next adoption. Re-adoption stories of all three children. Joan sent to couple in Scotland. Mary Hodgson's adoption by Miss Bevis. Mary Hodgson's early adult life: nursing, travel, marriage.

30:00 mins:
Kathleen and Joan's early adulthood. Emmeline Pankhurst's attitude to careers - emphasis on writing. Time spent in Vancouver, Toronto, Bermuda, and Paris. Kate Pine's departure. Kathleen and Joan's return to England for re-adoption. Emphasis on independence. Mary Hodgson's two years with Mrs Pankhurst in Bermuda - the 'Colonial life' with servants. Lack of affection in her childhood. Promise of the 'Pankhurst' name. Elizabeth's relinquishing of the name. Christabel Pankhurst's religious phase, disposition, eccentricity. The place of literature in their upbringing: Bible stories, Shakespeare, Victor Hugo. Emmeline Pankhurst's relationship with Christabel: their love of Paris. Christabel in the 1920s. Flora Drummond at Mrs Pankhurst's funeral. Teashop in Antibes. Wapping.
URLhttps://www.lse.ac.uk/library/collection-highlights/the-suffrage-interviews
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 33
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