Broomfield, Maurice. (3 of 5). Oral History of British Photography.

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  • Recording date

    2007-01-10, 2007-02-08

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Emsworth, Hampshire

  • Interviewees

    Broomfield, Maurice, 1916-2010 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Barnes, Martin (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 3: Left working for Rowntrees at the outbreak of World War II, 1939. Became a conscientious objector under the influence of the Quakers, or Society of Friends, through Rowntees, a Quaker company. Discusses the reasons for refusing to go to war. Joined The Friends Ambulance Unit as a driver and the Save the Children Fund. Descriptions of being in London during the Blitz, stationed in the East End, and working as an ambulance driver in other parts of the UK. Met his first wife here, a Czech medical student also working in political intelligence and then Czech repatriation after the War. After the War, MB went to Germany and was involved in repatriation and rehabilitation of displaced people in Germany with the SCF. Description of life in Europe immediately after the War. Discussion of the status and dilemmas of a conscientious objector. [42:51]: Life post war. Set up as a fine art painter in a studio in North London, witnessing the painter Oskar Kokoschka at work. MB abandoned painting after poor sales and joined the photographic studio of Madame Yevonde in Berkley Square, London. Brief digression on why Broomfield didn't take photographs throughout the War. Worked with ICI to make educational filmstrips for agriculture and helped devise the 'Selmer Unit' an automatic filmstrip projector.

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    Life story interview with photographer Maurice Broomfield (1916-2010)

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