British civilian student in GB, 1914-1919; civilian living in London, 1939-1945
REEL 1 Recollections of life 1900-1919: story of how she helped her parents to collect money for Boer war widows by singing 'The Absent Minded Beggar'; attending Cambridge University during First World War; precautions against air raids; absence of male students; impact of war on university life; food rations; public attitude towards men not serving in forces; agricultural work during university holidays; impact of First World War on women's' situation in GB. Recollections of life, GB, 1939-1945: marriage to Herbert Swann; returning to GB from France on outbreak of war; her step-son, Donald Swann's activities as Conscientious Objector; working with Women's Voluntary Service.
REEL 2 Continues: duties as private car driver; air raids; story of how refugee step-son-in-law was sent to Australia on Dunera; contacts with Jewish refugees; contrast of civilian experience in and Second World Wars; food rations; VE-Day celebrations; her son's activities as Conscientious Objector; recites words of 'Absent Minded Beggar.' Aspects of period as student of Gustav Holst. Further recollections of life, 1939-1945.