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1944-1945 Diary, 1944-08-12 - 1945-08-10

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HMTN 1/12

Scope and Contents

Subjects include Mary Agnes Hamilton's work for the Ministry of Information and her satisfaction with the American Division; Erwin Schuller and his past; news of the Battle of Normandy and the liberation of France and Belgium; a PEN conference, at which E. M. Forster gave an address; the Dartington Hall Arts Enquiry; reflections on the need for a new guiding philosophy and the meaning of life; Mary Agnes Hamilton's broadcasts for the BBC and the Brains Trust; her work on salvage for the Women's Voluntary Service; watching a film on the liberation of Paris at the cinema; the US presidential election results; discussions over post-war planning with US and Canadian civil servants, and the imposition of peace terms for Germany; the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt; reaction to the news of the concentration camps and the death of Adolf Hitler; the mood in London at the end of the war; a discussion about Winston Churchill's life and relationships, Brendan Bracken, and Edward VIII with Marie Belloc Lowndes; Churchill's broadcasts and election campaigning; the result of the 1945 General Election; the news of the Japanese surrender; various social engagements; and comments on listening to music, theatre, concerts, ballet, and her reading, including Julian Green's autobiography, and comments on the novel and the individual. Other individuals remarked upon include Jacquetta Hawkes, Phyllis Bentley, Betty Chetwynd, Sir Kenneth and Jane Clark, Betty Deller, Arthur and Ethel Salter, John Wilmot, Herbert Morrison, Hugh Dalton, Joan ('Tiger') Howard, Louise de Rosales, and Dorothy Shuckburgh. With loose inserted newspaper clippings.


  • 1944-08-12 - 1945-08-10

Conditions Governing Access

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 12:02:05.460000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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