British civilian in Birmingham and London, schoolchild, teacher and Society of Friends' community education worker 1911-1980s
REEL 1 Family background and early life 1911-1931: childhood in Lancashire; teacher training; teaching post in Birmingham 1931; limits on educational opportunities; father's work; memories of First World War; Armistice and influenza epidemic 1918; influences on pacifism during 1920s; joining Society of Friends 1940. Teaching in Birmingham 1931-1943: nature of schools; helping backward and undernourished children. Reasons for move to community work post in Hoxton, east London 10/1/1944: sheltering arrangements in Hoxton Hall; getting known in locality; arranging holiday for children in Southport 1944; lack of bathing facilities in houses.
REEL 2 Wartime and post war life and work in Hoxton and Shoreditch, east London 1944-1980s: rebuilding after war and provision of household amenities; allocation of housing; role of Hoxton Hall in community; financial provision for old peoples' centres 1946 and Theodora Cathcart's work in devising activities and facilities; development of Hoxton Hall entertainment club; role as Quaker in community; provision of arts and crafts facilities for local people; foreign visitors widening horizons; arranging children's exchange visits abroad.
REEL 3 Work at Hoxton Hall, east London 1944-1980s: providing leisure activities; lunch club 1957; tape recording people's reminiscences; Shoreditch holiday centres; art and craft classes; change in drinking habits and decline of temperance movement; declining role of Girls' Guild of Good Life; expansion of Hoxton Hall's activities; other clubs accommodating problem groups; theatre group activities; children writing and performing plays; professional 'Twelfth Night' production.