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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleBillington-Greig, Miss Fiona
Ref No8SUF/B/202
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 39 & Disc 40
Date19 Sep 1984
Extent202a - 68:00 mins, 202b - 25:05 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Fiona Billington-Greig and her mother Greig; Teresa Mary Billington- (1877-1964); suffragist and political theorist
DescriptionThe interview is in two parts 202a and 202b. Interviewee is the daughter of Teresa Billington-Greig. Also see interview 8SUF/B/010.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Teresa Billington-Greig's relationship with husband [Frederick Billington-Greig]. His personality. Emotional and intellectual partnership. Teresa Billington-Greig's limited intellectual connection with her own family. Teresa Billington-Greig's inability to ask for help. Fiona Billington-Greig's relationships with her parents. Family values and expectations. Disputes in the family. Teresa Billington-Greig's rationality and self-conviction. Education of Teresa Billington-Greig and her husband.

15:00 mins:
Catholicism and effects on Teresa Billington-Greig and her parents. Teresa Billington-Greig's hatred of her father. Fiona Billington-Greig's maternal grandparents. Paternal grandfather. Domestic arrangements in Billington-Greig household. Neighbours' attitudes to the family. Teresa Billington-Greig's unconventional habits. House in Glasgow. Fun side of Frederick Billington-Greig. His varied working life. His writing and editing.

30:00 mins:
Teresa Billington-Greig's cancer. Anxiety about money. Frantic writing. Skin condition and its effects on her. Setbacks and arguments. Collapse of groups she's involved with. her unfinished writings. Imprisonments. Her disatisfaction in later life. Her writing aspirations.

45:00 mins:
Teresa Billington-Greig's attitude to women politicians: Margaret Barfield, Eleanor Rathbone. Hopes and expectations for her daughter. Emphasis on inclusive language. Women's Freedom League (WFL) get-togethers: Miss Reeves, Anna Munro, Charlotte Despard, Muriel Pierotti, Edith How-Martyn and Mary Gawthorpe. The How-Martyns as family friends. Social friendships. Family trips to Scotland. Homes in Scotland and Northwood. Fiona Billington-Greig's schooling. The Blitz during the Second World War. Various house moves. Consumerism, Trades Unions and Teresa Billington-Greig's book of 1912 'The Consumer in Revolt'. Her warmth and kindness.

60:00 mins:
Fiona Billington-Greig's children's parties. Teresa Billington-Greig's hospitality, manner with children, domestic standards, cooking. Hospitality to Royal Air Force (RAF) cadets and nurses during the Second World War. Walter Reynolds's play.

0:00 mins:
Teresa Billington-Greig's press cuttings. Hazel Hunkins-Hallinan. Recreational activities including theatre. Mrs Blackman [Teresa Billington-Greig's niece] - family rift. Teresa Billington-Greig's schooling. Interests: television, radio, reading, sense of humour. Fiona Billington-Greig's education - her parents' expectations. Second World War. Frederick Billington-Greig's death and its effect on Teresa Billington-Greig.

15:00 mins:
Teresa Billington-Greig's guilt. The care, upbringing and education of Fiona. Frederick Billington-Greig's childhood and relationship with his mother-in-law. Fiona Billington-Greig's relationships with her parents. Teresa Billington-Greig's honesty. Housekeepers. Newspapers.
Related Record8SUF/B/010
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 78
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