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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleRidgway, Mrs Margaret re Anna Munro
Ref No8SUF/B/166
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 34
Date16 Jul 1977
Extent83:53 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Margaret Ridway and her mother Munro; Anna Gillies Macdonald (1881-1962); suffrage campaigner and magistrate
DescriptionInterview took place at Rossmore, Mallow, County Cork, Republic of Ireland. Interviewee is the daughter of suffrage campaigner Anna Munro. Also see other related interviews [8SUF/B/048, 8SUF/B/052,8SUF/B/120, 8SUF/B/168, 8SUF/B/170].

Interview summary:

0:00 mins:
Relationship with children and role of Dorothy Adams [her children's nanny]. Conflict between public and family life. Staff and housekeeping. Background and class. Children's education and careers. Foreign travel. Ideas about shoes for children. Friendship with poet Kate Evans and conflict with daughter. Sense of humour. Husband's [Sidney Ashman] personality and their relationship, views on marriage. How they met. Husband's political views.

15:00 mins:
Sidney Ashman's family. What attracted him to Anna. Attitude to religion, bringing up children. Role of Kate Bransome. Attention given to children and their career expectations. Daughter's [Margaret Ridgway] psychoanalysis and relationship between mother and daughter. Dress and appearance, shopping, Margaret's differing views. Attitude to being a woman. Family finances.

30:00 mins:
Relationship with husband and marriage. Husband's interests and attitudes to her interests. Differing social backgrounds. Relationship with her family and extended family. Childhood. Buying her first car and learning to drive. Daimler and giving up driving. Attitude to getting older, increasing deafness and health. Views about daughter Margaret's career.

45:00 mins:
Discipline of children. Husband's relationship with children. Relationship with husband. Death of Sidney Ashman. Household finances, decision not to work. Habits and work patterns. Reading and books. Speaking style and voice, teaching son [Donald Munro-Ashman] to project. Relationships with children's partners.

60:00 mins:
Attitude to class. Husband's business. Reaction to end of son's first marriage. Teresa Billington-Greig and her husband. Pankhursts and militancy. Choice not to be a member of parliament. Ellen Wilkinson. Margaret's psychoanalysis, feminism and her own involvement with Women's Freedom League. Legacy of suffrage movement. Friendship with Lillian Lenton and her visits.

75:00 mins:
Attitude to being Scottish, and her accent. Charlotte Despard, physical appearance and personality. Anna Munro's appearance and personality. Relationship with daughter Margaret and son-in-law.
Related Record8SUF/B/048
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 61
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