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Harrison, Brian (10 of 25).  Oral History of Oral History

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    2012-01-24, 2012-02-24, 2012-03-27, 2012-04-24, 2012-05-18, 2012-06-27

  • Interviewees

    Harrison, Brian, 1937- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 10: The knighthood was an award made for the Dictionary. A lot of the responsibility for its success was due to Robert Faber. Colin was a hard act to follow. [01:46-02:49 closed until 1st September 2032] [02:45] Got interested in inter war feminists Mrs Winteringham, Lady Astor, Eleanor Rathbone. Most in Prudent Revolutionaries as next generation feminists. Oral history was essential Eva Hubbocks children were interviewed. The Pethick Lawrences were described by Gladys Groom Smith, their aide and helper. HD Harben, took up feminism and had a strange marriage. His daughter, Naomi Lutyens, gave two/three interviews about him. He used oral history but with other source material. Mentions Theresa Billington Gregg. She wrote a book The Militant Suffrage Movement. She left the WSPU and left in 1907 and formed the Womens Freedom League. She exposed the WSPU as an undemocratic movement. He interviewed her daughter, Fiona, who turned against her mother. She describes her mother as splitting off from every organisation she joined. [11:40] Describes how he sets up interviews. Never argue with the interviewee. Margaret Corbett Ashby was interviewed six times by Brian. She engaged in argument but not common to do this. Understands the plight of old people. Well-travelled in doing the interviews. Interviewed Helen Fraser in Australia by then Helen Moyes Brian sent her a set of questions on a tape and she taped the reply. Used in the recent BBC Radio programme. [17:06] Used a recorder that the BBC recommended. Sound quality not important at that time. Went on a BBC course via Michael Mason and did an interview with a cockney woman which was not a good one as no rapport. Talks about breaking off and subsequent correspondence that can occur. Lachrymose interviews one was Naomi Lutyens describing her father driving away. Problems with open reel recorders.

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    Life story interview with Brian Harrison, original committee members of the Oral History Society and Emeritus Professor of history at University of Oxford.

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