Buchanan Crosby, Anne (5 of 16 ).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2002-05-22, 2003-01-09, 2003-03-26, 2003-06-18

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    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

    Buchanan Crosby, Anne, 1929- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 5: Tape 3: Side A. List of schools attended. Story of attending Winterbourn School at Zelston, discovering faculty for telling stories. ABC’s accent could be understood by evacuees and local children. Comments on being “dumped” at St Leonard’s School, Shaftsbury. Comments on having a breakdown. Story of running away from school. Story of being expelled: mentions girls’ dormitories. Description of experience at Dartington Hall School: mentions Laura Coates (Wells Coates’ daughter), and Moira. Anecdote about housemother, Felicity Powell. Comments on importance of peace achieved at Dartington. Description of relationship with Moira; remarks about Alan Buchanan. Physical description of ABC and Moira; injustices Moira suffered. Description of Jean’s attitude to, and jealousy of, her children’s education. Anecdote about ABC and siblings cutting Jean “out of [their] life”. Description of “vivid” Dartington memories: bedroom, communal bathroom, comments on lesbian housemistress, meals, teachers, and welcoming atmosphere. Comments on Elmhirst family and on class. Anecdote about Bill Elmhirst [William Elmhirst] and his miniature car. Comments on West Preston Manor School experiences; anecdote about lesbian teacher. Story of pet goat. Anecdote about stories told by Anna Rolfe, which ABC felt were better than her own. Description of Jean’s character, her attitude to men. Comments on Alan’s depression, Moira’s and the Godwin childrens’ feelings of resentment towards Jean.

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