Mardall, June. (10 of 10). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2001-08-08 and 2001-10-08

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    Interviewee's home in London

  • Interviewees

    Mardall, June, 1920- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 10. Discussion of name Mardall, Cyril changed his name because it was so difficult to spell and pronounce. Story of advertising it in the paper, and announcing it to friends before he had told June. Mardalls were senior British army officers in India - mother born there. Hadn't spoken German for 60 years but took to it easily. Parents had it in common. Sibelius used to play chamber music in their house. Interesting time in Finland in the early part of this century. Finnish nationalism was expressed in these things. Cyril played piano - details. Both had artists in the family, June Mardall's [JM] aunt was Elsie Gregory (portraits, flowers) There was a Mardall relation who lived in a grace and favour house at Hampton Court Cyril had a Spanish grandmother, Belie Bivar. His father was an architect who died young. Further back they were clergymen. There is a cousin who was a naval architect who lives in Switzerland who visits JM. JM didn't have a lot to do with the RIBA, nor did Cyril. Cyril was on the council of the AA but didn't really like committee work. JM has one female architect friend Dore, practised and married Wurr. Husband died young and she married another called Birkett. She did houses and flats. Became Hon Treasurer of the RIBA, a live wire. Took JM to RIBA dinner, at the RA. JM felt so old because she didn't know anyone. Doesn't any longer read the architects journals and know where the profession is going. She likes Hopkins work and some of Foster. JM studies art history a lot now, was doing it at Birkbeck. Goes to Morley College at the moment. Earlier did silver, which fits in with buildings. JM own collection - Story. Has just found again a family medal which says CE Mardall, from previous Afghanistan war

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