Herbert, Jocelyn (1 of 28) National Sound Archive: General Collection
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Interviewee's homes in London and Hampshire
Herbert, Jocelyn 1917-2003 (speaker, female)
Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)
Part 1: [Recording in JH’s London home] Names of Jocelyn Herbert [JH] siblings, Crystal, Lavender and John. JH’s grandparents, of which she knew only her maternal grandmother. Mentions JH’s father [A.P. Herbert, Alan Herbert] was looked after as a child by a housekeeper, Miss Deacon. Details maternal grandmother; upbringing of JH’s mother [Gwendolyn Quilter, Gwendolyn Herbert [QH]] and her siblings. Marriage of JH’s parents. JH’s maternal grandfather, Harry Quilter. JH’s maternal and paternal aunts and uncles. Impact of First World War on A.P. Herbert. QH’s upbringing. JH and siblings having a nanny as children. Painter, Edward Wadsworth, a family friend, his daughter Barbara Wadsworth. A.P. Herbert’s play written for his children, Fat King Mellon and Princess Caraway. Actors rehearsing A.P. Herbert’s plays coming to house in JH’s childhood. JH learning piano; mentions music at St Paul’s school, where JH was a pupil. JH left school aged fifteen, went to Paris.
Life story interview with Jocelyn Herbert (1917-2003), theatre designer.