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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleHamilton Smith, Miss E
Ref No8SUF/B/136
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 28
Date13 Mar 1977
Extent136a - 98:05 mins 136b - 49:18 mins
DescriptionInterview took place at 50 Sherlock Close, Cambridge CB3 0HP.
Interview in 2 parts: 8SUF/B/136a and 8SUF/B/136b.

Interview summary:
How she got involved with the Townswomen's Guilds at Weybridge. Her parents. Her education enables her to emphasise the scientific aspect within the Guilds. Her support for Mussolini in the early 1930s. Social character of Weybridge in the 1930s. Contrasting recreational tastes of Women's Institutes and Townswomen's Guilds. Local variations between NUTG branches by comparison with the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI). Central importance of Alice Franklin in the history of the NUTG. Her personality, her quest for talent, her Jewishness and selfconsciousness about it, her suspicions of intrigue. Her desire to make the NUTG very different from the Mothers Union. Her view of its relationship to feminism. Mrs Hubback's role in the NUTG. Friction with Mrs Ryland. Partnership with Mrs [Gertrude] Horton (qv), and Mrs H's major contribution to the NUTG. NUTG a curious class mixture at first, combining distressed areas and prosperous suburbs. Why Dame Margery Corbett-Ashby (qv) ceased to be president. NUTG attitudes to political party. Roles played by Dame Margery and by Lady Colville. Class gulf between leaders and members. Mrs Adrian Corbett, Miss Loring. Alice Franklin's attitude to her role vis-à-vis the president. The early HQ of the NUTG at Great Smith Street, and how it was laid out. Getting the NUTG interested in questions of diet in the 1930s. How Mrs Keynes discouraged the formation of Guilds in Cambridge. How the NUTG set about launching a Guild in a place. Role of Mrs Van Gruisen. NUTG financial management in the 1930s. How Carnegie Trust money enabled the professionalisation of NUTG handicrafts.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 49
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