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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleStocks, Miss Helen
Ref No8SUF/B/124
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 25 & Disc 26
Date24 Jan 1977
Extent124a - 36:59 mins, 124b - 85:45 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Lady Mary Stocks
DescriptionInterview took place at 44 Regent's Park Road, London NW1. Interviewee is daughter of Lady Mary Stocks. Also see interviews with her mother [8SUF/B/001 and 8SUF/B/002] and other related interviews [8SUF/B/064, 8SUF/B/125]. Interview is in two parts 8SUF/B/124a and 8SUF/B/124b.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Mary Stock's raising of her children. Her interest in reading aloud literature and poetry. Her children's nanny. Her interest in handicrafts. Her servants. The family moving to Liverpool. Her husband John Stock's career. Parties. John Stock being a feminist. Aubrey Lodge. London Council of Social Services. Domestic skills. Teaching.

15:00 mins:
Mary Stock's attitude to clothes, changing fashion and tipping. The House of Lords. Her treatment and tolerance of servants and lack of concern for her and her children's comfort. Houses in London and Manchester. The Labour Party and Socialists. Mary's relationship to her children and attitudes to their careers. Death of John Stocks. The Land Army. Social Services.

30:00 mins:
After John Stocks death. Mary's independence, restlessness and boredom. Smoking. Mary's BBC career. The radio. The second world war. West Bay. Health and fitness. Family dinners. Lord Simon and his daughter. German political philosophy.

45:00 mins:
Mary's attitude to power and being near power and the company of men. Mary and John's radio programme, 'Mary and John Discussing'. The middle class. Christmas traditions and formalities within the family. The Workers Educational Association. Money. Going abroad. Living with German refugees during the war.

60:00 mins:
Democracy. Argument and discussion in the family. Work during the war and the Land Army. Mary's unorthodox approach to religion. The Bible as literature. Mary's ill health towards the end of her life. Her attitude to property and objects.

75:00 mins:
Mary Stocks's use and attitude towards prescription drugs and medication. How she felt about death and euthanasia and her longing to die. Her relationship to young people in particular the young people in her family. Her smoking cannabis due to believing everything should be tried once. Attitudes to drink. Running Westfield during the war. Her negative attitude towards universities. Equal treatment of her children. Wedgie Benn. Socialism and class.

90:00 mins:
Mary Stocks attitude to nursing, holidays, leaving London, home comforts and hobbies. Her departure from the BBC and writing her books. Reviewing books. Managing money. Organisation.

105:00 mins:
Mary Stocks' knowledge of London. Care committee. The Suffragettes. The theatre. Playwriting and producing. Amateur dramatics. Mary Stocks' autobiography.
Related Record8SUF/B/001
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 43
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