Supported by The Women's Library (formally known as The Fawcett Library), the Fawcett Collection records the lives of pioneering career women, each of whom made their mark in traditionally male-dominated areas such as politics, the law and medicine.
The collection comprises fourteen recordings and includes interviews with:
- Jean Graham Hall
- Baroness Norah Phillips
- Baroness Beatrice Seear
- Phyllis Deakin
- Hilda Brown
- Betty Scharf
Woman in a Man's World by Rebecca Abrams (Methuen, 1993) was based on this collection.
Accessing the collection
To access oral history material:
- Search for oral history recordings held at the British Library using the online Sound and Moving Image Catalogue (see useful advice on searching the oral history collections).
- Onsite access to oral history recordings: The Listening and Viewing Service in St Pancras provides free public access to the oral history collections on an appointment basis. Many digital recordings are also available via SoundServer, a computerised listening facility located in the Humanities Reading Rooms. SoundServer is also available at the British Library’s site in Boston Spa in Yorkshire.
- Internet access to selected oral history recordings: The British Library Sounds website gives remote access to a selection of interviews from the Library’s oral history collections. Some recordings are currently only licensed to Higher and Further Education users in the UK, others are available for full public access.
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7405 (Rob Perks, Oral History Curator / Director of National Life Stories)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7406 (Mary Stewart, Oral History Curator / Deputy Director of National Life Stories)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7404 (Elspeth Millar, Oral History Archive Assistant)