Drew, Jane. (1 of 9). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    1995-05-20 to 1995-05-21

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    Interviewee's home.

  • Interviewees

    Drew, Jane, 1911- (speaker, female), Mitton, Oriana (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Garlake, Margaret (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 1: Description of Jane Drew [JD] and Maxwell Fry finding house at Cotherstone. Description of JD's childhood home and experiences at Thornton Heath; her parents' social position and values; early schooling friendship with Peggy Ashcroft (pact never to adopt men's names); JD's parents' health and financial circumstances; her relationship with her mother. JD as linguist, her knowledge of Hindustani and Farsi. JD's secondary education (Croydon High School); decision to become an architect; interest in art galleries and museums (later as trustee of Victoria and Albert Museum); admiration for John Pope-Hennessy. Character and interests of JD's parents, importance of music in household; JD's training at the AA (Architectural Association): choice of AA, financial self-support through teaching, position of women at AA, relations with men, importance of self-education.

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