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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleCourtney, Mrs Mary
Ref No8SUF/B/158
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 33
Date1 Jul 1977
Extent48:20 mins
DescriptionInterview took place at The Manor House, Southmead Road, Westbury on Trym, Bristol BS10 5DW.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Move to Bristol after marriage in early 1930s. Work as President of the Horfield and Bishopston Townwomen's Guild. Chair of the Guild until she was co-opted onto the National Executive Committee in 1947. Work of the Guilds in Bristol during the Second World War. Work with Alice Franklin: her dominant personality; her appearance; her Jewish identity. Courtney's relationship with Franklin.

15:00 mins:
Tension between local Guilds and the National Union of Townswomen's Guilds (NUTG). Different personalities of Alice Franklin and Joan Loring [the National Chair of the NUTG]. Attitudes to Alice Franklin and Gertrude Horton's close work together for the NUTG during the 1930s and 1940s. Alice Franklin's energy, generosity, and avoidance of delegating work. Departure of Franklin and Horton in 1948.

30:00 mins:
Organisation of the NUTG. Resignation of Lady Cynthia Colville as President of the NUTG in 1948. Succession of next Presidents: Hilda Duchess of Richmond and Gordon and Mary Duchess of Roxburgh. Alice Franklin's and Gertrude Horton's administration of NUTG.

45:00 mins:
Alice Franklin's attitude to the class status of Presidents of local Guilds.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 59
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