Scope and Contents
Subjects include an uncomfortable dinner with Lord Reith; Mary Agnes Hamilton's work for the Ministry of Information Planning and Women's International Advisory committees; her work on the Barlow Committee, with comments on training for women and a row over family allowances; the Foreign Research and Press Service (FRPS); her writing, with comments on the progress of her memoirs; home decorating; her reflection on selfhood and war work, following a broadcast speech by Winston Churchill; experiences of London and public transport during blackouts; a manpower survey and the conscription of women; her experience chairing a Fabian lecture by George Orwell; a trip to Bettiscombe Manor in Dorset with Jacquetta Hawkes and Betty Pinney, with comments on their love affair; discussions over the future of the Labour Party with George Ridley; the Beveridge Committee; the potential for greater USA-UK cooperation in the war effort; Ilse Hellmann and her work on psychoanalysis; a Women's Voluntary Service conference at Caxton Hall; notes on a Political and Economic Planning (PEP) talk by Max Nicholson on the relationship between the state and the citizen; various social engagements; and comments on listening to gramophone records, ballet, concerts and recitals, cinema including watching Citizen Kane, and her reading. Other individuals remarked upon include Dorothy Shuckburgh, Joan ('Tiger') Howard, Louise de Rosales, Cecil King, Thelma Cazalet, Muriel Wilde, Sir Alexander and Lady Theodosia Cadogan, and Ruth Dalton. With a letter signed by Lucy Norton pasted in to the last page of the diary.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.