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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleGilliland, Mrs Jean & Platts-Mills, Mr & Mrs JFF
Ref No8SUF/B/115
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 24
Date16 Dec 1976
Extent49:42 mins
Admin Biographical HistoryJean Gilliland and Mr and Mrs Platts-Mills were friends of Henry Harben.
DescriptionInterview took place at the Barbican, London. Interviewees were friends of Henry Harben. Also see other interviews related to Harben [8SUF/B/036, 8SUF/B/040, 8SUF/B/047, 8SUF/B/056, 8SUF/B/057, 8SUF/B/096].

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Meeting Harben at the World Peace Conference in the 1940s. Harben's generosity to individuals involved in causes he supported. Harben's political beliefs. Harben's love of living well and financial support for causes he believed in. Harben's enthusiasm for introducing people to each other. Harben's eightieth birthday party. Harben's early life, education and wealth. Harben's financial problems towards the end of his life.

15:00 mins:
Harben's wealth and his attitude towards it. Harben's flats in London. The role of 'Baby' [Harben's mistress] in Harben's life. Baby's motivation, discretion and social skills. Baby's physical appearance, voice and demeanour. Harben and Baby's life in Paris. Harben's physical appearance and dress. Harben's dinner parties. Harben's library. Harben's involvement with the British Soviet Friendship Society. Harben's involvement with causes.

30:00 mins:
Harben's involvement with causes and financial support. Harben's outlook, the Hungarian situation, the Labour Party. Harben's criticism of Atlee and Bevin. Harben's suffragette days; Fred Pethick-Lawrence. Activity during the First World War and subsequent shift to the Left. Pethick-Lawrence and India, deputations, the Simon Commission. Novel by Aldous Huxley based on Harben and Baby. Baby's religious upbringing and continuing connection with the Catholic Church. Baby and Harben's relationship and marriage in 1965. Harben introducing Baby as 'Miss Muloch'.

45:00 mins:
Memories of a lunch party. Littleton settlements in Botany Bay. Lady Nancy Astor. Augusta Inskip and the Labour Party.
Related Record8SUF/B/036
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 40
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