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1939 Diary, 1939-01-21 - 1939-08-25

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HMTN 1/2

Scope and Contents

Subjects include a holiday in St. Moritz, Switzerland with Louise de Rosales, with comments on sightseeing, sketching, and museums; BBC broadcasts; Mary Agnes Hamilton's speeches for Labour candidates in the Ripon and Hallam by-elections; her departure from the London County Council; Labour Book Service committee meetings; the growing prospect of war; reflections on propaganda; discussions with George Ridley over internal politics in the Labour Party; a party hosted by Sybil Colefax with Harold Nicholson and Victor Cazalet; visits to Paris, Arles, and Lyons with Betty Deller; a holiday to Rouen and Chartres with her sisters and Dorothy Shuckburgh; ideas for a book on trade unions; home decorating; her writing; memories of the First World War and comparisons with the mood in London during the weeks leading up to war in 1939; various social engagements; and comments on concerts, opera, ballet, theatre, cinema, museums, and her reading. Other individuals remarked upon include Oliver and Ray Strachey, Roger Eckersley, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Ethel Bullard, Ernst and Ilse Hellmann, and Sir John Reith.


  • Creation: 1939-01-21 - 1939-08-25

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The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


1 volume(s)

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Finding aid date

2018-03-29 11:57:10.647000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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