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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleHilton, Miss Irene
Ref No8SUF/B/129
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 27
Date24 Feb 1977
Extent129a - 127:00 mins, 129b - 35:37 mins
DescriptionInterview took place at 12 Sydney House, Woodstock Road, London W4 1DP. Also see interview 8SUF/B/141.
Interview in 2 parts: 8SUF/B/129a and 8SUF/B/129b.

Interview summary:
Her early career teaching natural science at Somerville Coll Oxford. How she joined the Women's Employment Federation. How Ray Strachey struck her at first meeting. Miss H's father, and his feminist sympathies. Ray Strachey's skill at sizing up people. Her distaste for asking for money. Miss H's duties at WEF. Ray's partnership with Pippa Strachey. Pippa's sharp intellect and diplomatic skills. Ray's combination of idealism and calculating persuasiveness. Pippa's puckish sense of humour and total modesty about herself. How the Second World War affected WEF's activities. Pippa's capacity to entertain people into extreme old age. How she spoke. How she dressed. Importance of the partnership between Pippa and Ray. Nature of Ray's marriage. Ray's last conversation with Miss H. What happened to the management of WEF after Ray's death. Personality of Dorothy Wise. How WEF sprang up in rivalry with the Central employment Bureau. Lady Nunburnholme (Marjorie Wynn-Carington). Miss [Blanche Athena] Clough. The premises occupied by WEF. How its filing systems were organised. Catholicity of the careers it catered for. How Ray ran the office. Her capacity for delegation. Her adventurousness, by contrast with Dorothy Wise. How Ray dealt with paperwork. Pippa Strachey as raconteuse. Her intimidating appearance at first sight. Her administrative capacity. Relationship between WEF and LSWS and the Fawcett Library. Ray's appearance and energy, but for her the cause came before friendship. What Women's Service House was like before the bombing. Ray Strachey's manual skills. How WEF evolved after Ray Strachey's death. Self-sacrifice required of the WEF staff in the early days. Fund-raising in the early years.
Related Record8SUF/B/141
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 46
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