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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleGroom-Smith, Mrs Gladys
Ref No8SUF/B/102
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 22
Date11 Aug 1976
Extent102a - 51:39 mins, 102b - 95:41 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Gladys Groom-Smith and Emmeline and Fred Pethick-Lawrence
DescriptionInterview took place at Arden Loch, 121 Malthouse Lane, Earlswood, Nr Solihull, Birmingham B94 5RZ. Interviewee was an employee of the Pethick-Lawrences. Also see interview 8SUF/B/092 and other interviews related to the Pethick-Lawrences [8SUF/B/090, 8SUF/B/097]. Interview is in two parts 8SUF/B/102a and 8SUF/B/102b.

Interview summary:
The Pethick-Lawrences' friends, the Coxeters, Isabel Seymour, Stella Newsome. Mrs G-S's teamwork with Esther Knowles and the long hours involved. Relative austerity of the Pethick-Lawrences' life at Fourways. Their generosity of mind towards the Pankhursts. Emmeline's skill with young children. Miss [Elizabeth] Kempster at Fourways. How Mrs G-S involved herself in household as well as secretarial matters. Personality of Mary Neal. Lisle Paul. The staff at Fourways. How the Pethick-Lawrences lived during the Second World War. Emmeline's demands on her employees. How Fred and Emmeline behaved together. How they prepared their speeches. How their filing-system worked. Fred's lack of sparkle, especially in public speaking. His rather short temper. Esther Knowle's appearance and personality. Fred's attitude to the press. Emmeline's make-up and clothes in later life. Their Golden Wedding celebrations at St Ermine's Hotel. Her connections with the Women's Freedom League between the wars. Fred's appearance. His attitude to Miss Kempster (qv). His dislike of disagreements. Their behaviour towards guests. Fred's attitude to food. Emmeline's health. Monica Whately. Emmeline's selfishness, but also her attractiveness.
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 34
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