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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleFranklin, Mr Colin & Mrs Charlotte
Ref No8SUF/B/155
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 32
Date20 Jun 1977
Extent155a - 9:00 mins, 155b - 47:15 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Alice Franklin
DescriptionInterview took place at The Home Farm, Culham, Oxford. The interview is in two parts: 155a and 155b. Interviewee is the nephew of Alice Franklin and Hugh Franklin. Also see related interviews 8SUF/B/172, 8SUF/B/187.

Interview summary:
0:00-9:00 mins
Alice Franklin and her relationship with Gertrude Horton.

0:00 mins:
Alice Franklin's appearance: a heavy smoker, deep voice, brown suits and shoes. Relationship with her father whom she cared for after her mother died in 1935. Her independence. An atheist. Modest living standards during and after the Second World War in her flat in Elm Park Gardens. Conscious of not having been to university and only put herself forward for menial work at the Fawcett Society.

15:00 mins:
Alice Franklin's sense of humour. Rebellion against expectations of a woman's role. Her smoking and car-driving in the 1920s. Country life at Chartridge. Needlework skills. Her relationship with Gertrude Horton and husband. Her identity as a Jewish woman in the Townswomen's Guilds.

30:00 mins:
Alice Franklin's strict moral code. The ethos of social responsibility in the Franklin family. Her attitude to class and property. Hugh Franklin and his life and career post-suffrage campaigning. Hugh Franklin's relationship with his father and brothers. His inventions. His work as Chair of the London Metropolitan Water Board during the Second World War. His relationship with his nieces and nephews. His marriage, and home in Hampstead Garden Suburb after the Second World War.

45:00 mins:
Role of Jewish women in the early twentieth-century women's movement. Eva Hubback and her family. The Franklin family bank - Keyser & Co Ltd. The attitude of Arthur Franklin [father of Alice Franklin] to women in the workplace.
Related Record8SUF/B/172
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 57
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