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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleRichley, Mrs Ursula and Mr Noel re Alice Franklin
Ref No8SUF/B/172
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 35
Date27 Sep 1977
Extent172a - 78:40 mins, 172b - 20:34 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Ursula Richey and her aunt Franklin; Alice Caroline (1885-1964)
DescriptionInterview took place at 12 Lower Common South, Putney Common, London SW15. The interview is in two parts: 172a and 172b. Interviewee is the niece of Alice Franklin and Hugh Franklin. Also see related interviews 8SUF/B/155, 8SUF/B/187.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Alice Franklin's childhood and relationship with her father. Prevention by her father from higher education and career so forced into voluntary work. Caroline Franklin [mother of Alice Franklin] was first woman to serve on the Buckinghamshire Education Committee (appointed in 1902). Franklin's large country house, Chartridge. Dislike of her father. Relationship with her family after death of her father in 1938. Rosalind Franklin was her favourite niece.

15:00 mins:
Alice Franklin's kindness. Relationships with her siblings: Ellis Franklin, and rivalry with Mamie [Helen]. Good working relationship with Gertrude Horton. Her household management. Her inability to cook and employment of a housekeeper. Interest in current affairs. Her lively mind. Her friendship with Gertrude Horton until her death. A heavy smoker. Death from lung cancer in 1964. Friendship with Margaret Purvis.

30:00 mins:
Alice Franklin's dependence on her father for money. Her touring holiday to Finland in the 1920s. Relationship with Noel and Ursula Richley. Agnosticism and rejection of Jewish faith by Alice and Rosalind Franklin. Alice's sadness at death of Rosalind Franklin in 1958. D├ęcor in Alice's flat. Death of Alice Franklin in 1964.

45:00 mins:
Alice's strong likes and dislikes in personal relations. Her interest in younger people. Alice's father and his selfish treatment of her mother. Financial arrangements within the Franklin family. Appearance in older age and enjoyment of needlework, reading, maps, gadgets and lack of interest in music and theatre. Her dependability in a family crisis.

60:00 mins:
Alice Franklin's work for the Fawcett Society after she left the National Union of Townswomen's Guilds in 1948. Hugh Franklin: his first wife Elsie Duval's conversion to Judaism after their marriage and death in 1919; his second marriage to Elsie Tuke (known as 'Bunny') in 1921 and her lack of conversion; his career.

75:00 mins:
Alice Franklin's feminism, especially as a young woman. Caroline Franklin's [mother of Alice] work for the local Women's Institute in Buckinghamshire. Alice Franklin's skill with paperwork and at spotting ability in other women.

0:00 mins:
Alice Franklin's work for the National Union of Townswomen's Guilds. Personality of her sister Mamie [Helen Bentwich].
Related Record8SUF/B/155
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 66
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