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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleLovejoy, Mrs Mary
Ref No8SUF/B/170
Box Fetch NoCLOSED FILE DO NOT RETRIEVE [Box 1]
LevelFile
Date21 Sep 1977
Extent170a - 28:14, 170b - 42:14
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Mrs M Lovejoy and for Munro; Anna Gillies Macdonald (1881-1962); suffrage campaigner and magistrate
DescriptionInterview took place at 8 Bensonholme, Padworth, Nr Reading, Berks. Interviewee was an employee of Anna Munro. Also see other related interviews [8SUF/B/048, 8SUF/B/052, 8SUF/B/120, 8SUF/B/166, 8SUF/B/168].

CLOSED UNTIL 2078 UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT DUE TO SENSITIVE CONTENT

Interview summary:
170a:
0:00 mins:
How Mrs Lovejoy and Anna Munro met. Munro's character, physical appearance, dress and desire for freedom. Her working and sleeping patterns. Her involvement in local life. Her kindness to Mrs Lovejoy's children. The role of the family's employees including Kate Bransome and Dorothy Adams [nanny]. Anna Munro's role in the home. Attitude to entertaining.

15:00 mins:
Attitude to entertaining and other people. Her husband's [Sidney Ashman] character and personality. Their marriage. The family and her absences from home. Kate Bransome, character and personality, role within the household, relationship with Ashman and Munro. Household finances and Munro's private income.

170b:
0:00 mins:
Munro's death and Ashman's old age and ill health. Their marriage and relationship. Munro's response to the breakdown of her son's [Donald Munro-Ashman] marriage. Mrs Lovejoy's long conversations with Anna Munro. Decline in her health and hearing, attitude to ageing. Sense of humour and attitude to gossip. Women's rights. Munro's physical appearance. Her sister [Eva Munro ?] and brother-in-law.

15:00 mins:
Diet. Friendship with poet Kate Evans. Kate Bransome and her relationship with Sidney Ashman. Munro's Daimler motor car. Women's Freedom League meetings. Sidney Ashman and his feelings about his marriage, women in general and Kate Bransome. Christmas in the Munro household, temperance and attitude to alcohol. Role as grandmother. Personality. House and furnishings, library and books. Ashman's attitude to money and his business.

30:00 mins:
How Sidney Ashman started his business. Munro's relationship with her husband's family. Education and attitude to class. Differences between Munro and Ashman, his flirtations with other women. Munro's role as magistrate and withdrawal from political life. Relationships. Feelings about being Scottish and her accent. Character and beliefs.
Related Record8SUF/B/048
8SUF/B/052
8SUF/B/120
8SUF/B/166
8SUF/B/168
Access StatusClosed
Closed Until1/1/2078
Former Reference NumberTape 64
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