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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleWilson, Mrs Helen talking about her mother Annot Robinson
Ref No8SUF/B/196
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 38
Date6 Sep 1981
Extent60:21 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Annot Robinson, suffragist and pacifist.
DescriptionInterview took place at 5 Richmond Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4DU.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins: Her mother, Annot Robinson, was a suffragette as well as head of French in a school in Lanarkshire. She was well read, literary and intellectual. A good story- teller and educator to her children. She died when Helen Robinson was 14 years old. Her father, Sam Robinson, and his relationship with his wife. Sam Robinson's stammer, his failings and inadequacies. The Independent Labour Party (ILP) and its place in their lives.

15:00 mins: Her parents' terraced house. Their separation and her mother's subsequent move, with her two children, to the West Highlands. How Annot Robinson's sister, Peggy, looked after the children. Annot Robinson's 'help' in the house and her kindness and generosity towards her. The suffrage meetings that Helen was taken to by her mother. The strong sense of duty among the women in the family. Her mother's sense of humour. Her mother's split with the Pankhursts. A bit about Helen Robinson sister, Cathy.

30:00 mins: Her sister, Cathy, bringing up three children as a single mother (husband died). Helen Robinson's difficulty with having an English accent and being English in Scotland. Helen Robinson's move to Manchester to teach. Her father's death. Her mother's death. Mention of Hannah Mitchell. Annot Robinson's atheism. Annot Robinson's appearance and attire. Her approach to the home and cooking.

45:00 mins: Annot Robinson's kindness to fishermen (in Scotland) and their families. Her living in the school house. Her popularity and engagement with the locals. Annot Robinson's move to Fife. Annot Robinson taking her daughter, Helen, into school in the holidays to help out. Annot Robinson's great sense of justice and receptiveness to changing times. Her admiration of H G Wells and her socialism. Scottish Presbyterianism and the Robinsons attitude to it. The effects of the parental split on the children. Helen Robinson's regrets about her father.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 76
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