LaTrobe-Bateman, Richard (2 of 10) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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    Furniture making

  • Recording date

    2005-04-12, 2005-04-21, 2005-05-06, 2005-05-23

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's home, Somerset

  • Interviewees

    La Trobe-Bateman, Richard, 1938 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: Comments on being spoilt at home and not learning to do domestic chores, remarks on not enjoying cooking as an adult. Remarks on not remembering himself as a pre-school child. Story about attending St. Nicholas Girls School, Colwell, up to age seven, remarks on hating leaving home. Long description of attending St. Andrews School, Upper Basildon, Berkshire, remarks on the school being rife with bullying. Comments on being a competitive person. Description of school discipline. Remarks on expecting life to be miserable. Comments on disliking the way that boarding schools haven’t changed. Remarks on RLTB’s creative talents not being recognised at school. Mentions playing with Meccano. Remarks on enjoying maths, physics and the history of technology. Description of attitudes to art and design at Westminster School. Story about the careers adviser suggesting RLTB becoming a naval engineer. Remarks on the Eagle being the only comic allowed at St. Andrews. Remarks on RLTB’s reading habits as an adult. Comments on being embarrassed by the theatre. Story about RLTB being embarrassed at a Peter Brooks’ lecture at the RCA (Royal College of Art). Comments on being attracted to design as it is not a personal emotional thing. Description of school holidays, remarks on visiting grandmother on Sark. Description of Christmases as a child. Comments on not remembering his parents divorce. Description of father’s second wife. Comments on the family’s reaction to the birth of RLTB’s half-siblings. Remarks on RLTB’s relationship with DLTB and their half-siblings. Story about RLTB disinheriting himself from his father’s home on Sark. Further description of Westminster School. Mentions being a Chelsea Football Club supporter. Description of RLTB’s girlfriends. Comments on parents aspirations for RLTB. Story about deciding not be become a naval architect and deciding to go to St. Martins College of Art. Short description of RLTB on leaving Westminster. Description of RLTB’s friends at Westminster: Canadian film director, Robert Spry [RS]; Francis Lucas; Chris de Peyer, later known as Father Lucius of The Process, a Christian Scientology sect. Further description of RS, description of his death and memorial service. Description of working as an apprentice draftsman for Swan Hunter, Newcastle, remarks on realising the industry was in decline. Comments of feeling miserable. Description of printing letters. Remarks on the uncompetitive traditional ship designing and building methods at Swan Hunter. Description of attending St. Martin’s, comments on not telling his family he was studying there. Story about realising he had an aptitude at modelling from life, mentions Elizabeth Frink. Description of RLTB’s drawings for his portfolio on entering St. Martin’s. Remarks on attending St. Martin’s during its golden age, mentions Anthony Caro [AC]. Comments on being the only student to model from life. Description of RLTB’s booklet on the motorcar and his decision to emigrate to Detroit, America. Remark on the ease of getting a green card. Story about meeting William Mitchell General Motors [GM]. Comments on RLTB not being motivated by money. Description of Elizabeth Frink. Description of teaching methods at St. Martin’s. Description of AC Story about AC not remembering his advice to RLTB to take responsibility for his work. Description of the abstract work made at St. Martin’s, mentions high level of criticism during the sculpture forums. Remarks on not completing his NDD (National Diploma in Design) and moving to America instead. Comments on parents acceptance of RLTB attending art school. Description of RLTB’s clothing as a student. Remarks on RLTB’s attitude to politics. Comments on Caro being clued up about the commercial world. Description of RLTB’s agnostic view of the world, remarks on not believing in an after-life. Description of the book ‘Kansie’.

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