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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleAdams, Mrs Dorothy re Anna Munro
Ref No8SUF/B/168
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 34
Date4 Aug 1977
Extent168a - 6:21 mins, 168b - 85:02 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Dorothy Adams and Munro; Anna Gillies Macdonald (1881-1962); suffrage campaigner and magistrate
DescriptionInterview toook place at the Grove, Spring Lane, Cold Ash, Berks. Interviewee was an employee of suffrage campaigner Anna Munro. Also see other related interviews [8SUF/B/048, 8SUF/B/052, 8SUF/B/120, 8SUF/B/166, 8SUF/B/170].

The interview is in two parts: 168a and 168b.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
How Dorothy started working [as a nanny] for the Munro family and work habits and lifestyle. Shoes for children.

0:00 mins:
Where the Munro family lived. Transport, love of walking and general lifestyle. Social background and attitude to class. Anna Munro's support for Frank Jacques, the first Labour candidate to stand locally. Meeting Charlotte Despard and other interesting people. Encouraging Dorothy to speak at public meetings. Munro's personality and how she met her husband [Sidney Ashman]. Financial difficulties. Sidney Ashman's business. Dorothy's involvement with the Labour movement and interest in the Little White Ribboners. Dedication and speaking tours, friendships.

15:00 mins:
Munro's friendship with poet Kate Evans and Chris Gilmour. Munro's father, her generosity, energetic lifestyle, physical appearance and dress. Dorothy's gratitude for the influence she had on her life. Her library. Her involvement in the local Labour party, speaking style and ability to handle a crowd. Her treatment of her children, punishments. Her role as a mother. Dorothy's role in the children's [Donald Munro-Ashman and Margaret Ridgway] lives. Isolated home life and children's lack of attention from parents.

30:00 mins:
Children's relationship with Dorothy and her family. Conflict between Munro's family life and political interests and Ashman's business and political views. Their married life, Ashman's personality. The family's cleaner. Munro's discipline of her children and focus on manners. Her sense of humour, her sleeping patterns and love of reading. Housekeeping and cooking skills.

45:00 mins:
Entertaining and domestic skills and description of Munro's house. Involvement in the Labour movement. Christmas family parties and hospitality. Attitudes towards religion. Ashman's non-conformist upbringing. His reaction to Munro's death. Dr Elizabeth Knight and Marion Reeves.

60:00 mins:
Dr Elizabeth Knight. House visits from Lillian Lenton, Mrs Godfrey Coates and Mrs George Cadbury. Trips to London and the Minerva Club. Socialism as a way of life. Munro's role as a magistrate and views about justice. Trip to Holloway Prison with Dorothy and visit to prisons and schools on the Isle of Wight. Dorothy's own role as a Justice of the Peace and changes to the system. Interest in penal reform. Suffragette days.

75:00 mins:
Suffragette days and Munro's time in prison. The Pankhursts, Mrs Solomon and Daisy Solomon. Munro's early life and feelings about being Scottish. Visits from her Aunt Agnes. Attitudes to diet and health. Money management and financial problems. Gardening.
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 62
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