Click here to skip to main content.
Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleRobinson, Miss Margaret
Ref No8SUF/B/165
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 34
Date13 Jul 1977
Extent37:18 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Margaret Robinson
DescriptionInterview took place at Moyard, Co Galway, Eire.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins: Relationship with her parents. Mother's sympathy. Attending Ulster University. Joining the Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU). Working with Dr Elizabeth Bell in Belfast, helping children in slums. Selling 'Votes for Women' in the streets. Conflicts between her school responsibilities and suffrage work. Meeting Keir Hardie and Sylvia Pankhurst. The religion of women who joined the WSPU, attitude of the Catholic Church to women's suffrage. Speech making and hecklers. Going to London with Dr Bell to break windows [1911]. Given stones in Lincoln's Inn. Arrest and bailed out by Frederick Pethick-Lawrence. Attitude of police.

15:00 mins: Experience in Holloway prison. Her home life - a Unitarian family. Servants. Family entertainment. Parents' attitudes during Boer War. Local reaction towards her having been in prison. Her family's support of the suffrage movement. Her reasons for going to university. Her career as a teacher. Retirement and post-retirement interests, settled in Letterfrack. The Irish Country Women's Association and its work. The organisation of local educated women. The function of women's organisations. Her childhood and home life. Her sisters and their interests.

30:00 mins: The narrow society she lived in. Mother's influence. Mother's good works in Bambridge which influenced her own life choices. Mother would have approved of joining the suffrage movement. The Tay disaster. Childhood. Her sisters' lives: marriage of a sister to conductor of Belfast Symphony Orchestra, another sister qualified as a Doctor.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 61
    Powered by CalmView© 2008-2024