Hechle, Ann (3 of 17) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives
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2004-03-10, 2004-03-14, 2005-04-08
Interviewee's home, Somerset
Hechle, Ann, 1939- (speaker, female)
Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)
Part 3: [Tape 2 Side A] Comments on AH feeling unsettled by her move to England, mentions being naughty at school. Description of attending Parkfield School, Horsham. Remarks on parents’ lack of home life as children. Comments AH’s distant relationship with her parents. Remarks on parents’ difficult relationship. Description of AH’s 1940’s detached house in Merstham, mentions antique furniture from Honingham Hall. Remarks on inheriting her parents’ love of gardening. Comments on mother’s relationship with grandmother. Description of mother’s routine as a housewife, remarks on AH not wanting to be a housewife. Description father: his stressful employment with Borthwick & Co., his death from cancer aged 58 and his Conservative politics. Remarks on AH not questioning politics until attending art school. Comment on parents’ lukewarm Church of England beliefs. Description of parents’ and grandmother’s reading habits. Description of attending Prior’s Field School, Godalming, Surrey. Comments on being discouraged from thinking. Description of becoming hooked on calligraphy at school. Comments on enjoying subjects taught by the best teachers. Comments on becoming keen on God as a teenager, remarks on her interest in spirituality being re-awakened later in life by Irene Wellington [IW]. Description of IW’s religious beliefs. Description of AH’s spiritual beliefs and view of organised religion.
Life story interview with Ann Hechle, calligrapher