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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleHilton, Miss Irene
Ref No8SUF/B/141
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 29
Date23 Mar 1977
Extent31:13 mins
DescriptionInterview took place at 12 Sydney House, Woodstock Road, London W4 1DP. Also see interview 8SUF/B/129.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins: Her familiarity with and knowledge of Philippa and Ray Strachey. The discrepancies between the Philippa Strachey depicted in the book (which one?) and the one she knew, especially regarding practicalities and domestics. Mentions Dora Carrington. The 'pointing' characteristic of the Strachey family. Philippa's approach in the London and National Society for Women's services (LNSWS). Philippa's qualities, especially as an entertainer. The oddness of the Strachey men, particularly Lytton. Her understanding of and relationship with Ray Strachey. Ray Strachey's 'American' way, shyness and privacy. Her recruitment by Ray Strachey. Irene Hilton's own lack of ambition. Mention of Edith Steadman and Sarah Blanding.

15:00 mins: Ray Strachey's experience with and attitude to money and charitable work. Ray's Strachey's mother. Mention of 'The Virgin and the Gypsy'. Irene Hilton's trip to the USA and living with her mother. Ray Strachey's opinion of this. Ray and Philippa Strachey's indifference to indulgences, creature comforts and appearance. Irene Hilton's meetings with Philippa Strachey in 1936 - noticing her eccentricities. Mention of Millicent Fawcett, Henry Fawcett and their daughter. Mention of Elizabeth Ahrons who attained an administrative grade in Civil Service after the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. Mention of Eleanor Rathbone. Ray Strachey as a great manipulator in a constructive sense. Philippa Strachey as an intellectual. The Bloomsbury Group.

30:00: Ray Strachey prioritising her children.
Related Record8SUF/B/129
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 52
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