Brook, Helen (1 of 10) National Life Story Collection: Leaders of National Life
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1990-08-10, 1990-09-10, 1990-16-10
Interviewee's home and Fawcett Library, London
Brook, Helen 1907-1997 (speaker, female)
Abrams, Rebecca (speaker, female)
Part 1: Born in the Chenil Galleries, Chelsea. Mother: Helen Hillier, 17 years old when she had Helen Brook; four children by age of 21 (Helen, Casper, Victor, Wendy). Father: John Walter Knewstub, 22 years older than his wife, ran Chenil Gallery, the only son of an artist. Childhood memories of living in Pett Level, near Romney Marshes. School with village children. Artistic Bohemian milieu: Augustus John and Jacob Epstein close family friends. Memories of WWI; Zeppelin bombing; collecting shrapnel. Discipline: at school and at home. Relationship with parents. Importance of art. Influence of Roman Catholicism: mother's conversion and H.B.'s subsequent baptism aged 8; Sunday rituals; first confession; ten days in an enclosed convent near Hastings.
Life story interview with the late family planning adviser and the founder of the Brook Advsiory Centres for Young People, Helen Brook (1907-1997)