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War (2) Diary, 1940-02-12 - 1940-10-04

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HMTN 1/4

Scope and Contents

Subjects include Mary Agnes Hamilton's first day at the Ministry of Information and her transfer to the General Division to work on morale and propaganda leaflets; comments on colleagues including Hugh Macmillan, Lady Grigg, Sir Kenneth Clark, Duff Cooper, E. McKnight Kauffer, Sir John Reith, Graham Greene, and Frank Pick; the progress of the Women's Employment Federation in wartime and its relationship with the Ministry of Labour; her move into 35 Argyll Mansions; reflections on democracy and moral defeatism; discussions with Helena Hirst on pacifism; the Norwegian Crisis; the fall of France; the Dunkirk evacuation; the engagement of Arthur Salter and Ethel Bullard; reactions to broadcast speeches by Winston Churchill; air-raid warnings and experiences of the Ministry of Information's bomb shelter; Ray Strachey's death and funeral; a visit to the house of Wilfred and Nancy Greene; bomb damage in central London and at Senate House; her writing, including on her book on trade unionism for women, her memoirs, and her diary; various social engagements; and comments on concerts, listening to gramophone records, and her reading, including books by Winston Churchill. Other individuals remarked upon include Dorothy Shuckburgh, Joan ('Tiger') Howard, Louise de Rosales, Ilse Hellmann, Ernest Bevin, and Sir John Reith. With loose inserted newspaper clippings.


  • Creation: 1940-02-12 - 1940-10-04

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 11:58:06.940000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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