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1939-1940 Diary, 1939-08-25 - 1940-02-12

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HMTN 1/3

Scope and Contents

Subjects include Mary Agnes Hamilton's help for Ilse Hellmann before her tribunal, and Hellmann's work as a psychoanalyst; discussions with George Ridley over Labour Party internal politics and the possibility of Mary Agnes Hamilton standing for re-election as an MP; the mood in London before and after war was declared; air-raid warnings and the closing of theatres and cinemas; her writing, including beginning work on her memoirs; her work as an interviewer for the Women's Employment Federation at Bedford College; the problem of finding work for 'professional' women in wartime; reactions to hearing BBC and Ministry of Information broadcasts and a speech by Ribbentrop; Britain's relationship with Russia; Mary Agnes Hamilton's publishers and revisions to an earlier manuscript novel; her friendship with Ray Strachey; comments on women MPs; her interview in the Production Department at the Ministry of Information; various social engagements; and comments on listening to gramophone records and her reading, including notes on books by Winston Churchill. Other individuals remarked upon include Mary Glasgow, Monica Felton, Arthur Ransome, Hugh Dalton, Walter Citrine, Joan ('Tiger') Howard, and Louise de Rosales.


  • Creation: 1939-08-25 - 1940-02-12

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

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 11:57:36.590000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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