Oral history of British science

Rothschild, Miriam (2 of 16) An Oral History of British Horticulture

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    Rothschild, Miriam, 1908-2005 (speaker, female)

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    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

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    Part 2: There was every sort of tool in the tool shed, and fine sprays. Walter's influence introduced a scientific scale to the estate, he had 400 collectors round the world. There was an orchard (Dundale) with every variety of apple, and several greenhouses for grapes. Other fruit included peaches, plums nectarines. After dinner in the house, little cherry trees would be brought in for the guests to help themselves to the fruit. There was competition in growing between the Rothschild cousins. Details of packing fruit to be sent away. One man did this. At Tring, Waddesdon and Ashton every man had a speciality. Story on how to make a lawn. Story of MR's first lesson in ecology. There was a very big household staff at Tring, more stories. MR found it magical but a bit artificial, and went the other way in later life - lives in a jungle now! Description of the "odd man", the still room, the groom of chambers. Every servant had every other day off. Their children commonly went on to better jobs, which the family found for them, a rise in station.

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    Interview with Dame Miriam Rothschild DBE FRS, naturalist and entomologist.

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