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1940 (ii) - 1941 (i) Diary, 1940-10-04 - 1941-02-16

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HMTN 1/5

Scope and Contents

Subjects include Mary Agnes Hamilton's experiences of air-raids and bombing near her flat in Chelsea; reflections on the impact of the war in comparison with the First World War; comments on the marriage, personalities, and domestic life of Nancy and Wilfred Greene; the transfer of her section at the Ministry of Information to the Public Relations division; comments on her writing projects and working conditions at Senate House; a lunch with Clement Attlee at the House of Commons; taking up a vice-chairmanship at the Women's Voluntary Service; a meeting at BBC monitoring with J. J. Salt and Mark Abrams; a lunch with Graham Greene, with discussion of the 'characters' working at the Ministry of Information; starting work for the Reconstruction Secretariat at the War Cabinet offices in St. George Street, and comments on colleagues including Arthur Greenwood and George Chrystal; a visit to Sir Kenneth and Jane Clark's house; reaction to a broadcast by Winston Churchill; her writing, including comments on her diary, memoirs, and finishing her work on the manuscript of 'Women at Work'; reflections on life as a 'temporary civil servant'; various social engagements; and comments on the cinema and her reading, including novels by Henry James. Other individuals remarked upon include Dorothy Shuckburgh, Ethel Salter, Joan ('Tiger') Howard, and Louise de Rosales.


  • Creation: 1940-10-04 - 1941-02-16

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

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


1 volume(s)

Language of Materials


Finding aid date

2018-03-29 11:58:28.663000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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