Maguire, Robert (2 of 19) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Maguire, Robert, 1931 (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda (speaker, female)

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    Part 2: Continues description of grandfather's 'pure' Cockney accent. RM's accent: details. Local Oxfordshire accent; anecdote about reverting to N Bucks dialect with workmen. Mentions having to change accent at Bancroft School. Description of the evacuation of Droop Street School to Newport Pagnell: memory of grim Wolverton Works in comparison to lovely market town; on being chosen and billeted with Ethel and Henry Daniels who became family friends. Comments on experience of different working class milieu. Family outings to farm at Spriggs Olly; RM helping farmer Harry Harrowing; remarks about primitive pre-war farming. Maguire Irish antecedents speculated on. Comments on adverse effect of RM's scholarship on relationships with aunt and uncles and local friends. Higher School Certificate results; mention influence of Art and Woodwork master. Comments on overwhelming weight of parental pressure on RM. Read books not comics; currently poetry. Brilliant English masters at Bancroft. RM a stickler for grammar now. Mother read best sellers. At Bancroft was made chief scene painter; description of theatre at Bancroft compared to current school theatre project concerns with health and safety. Anecdote about interest in Shakespeare, and quoting playwright during interview at the AA [Architectural Association]. Interest in scene painting but also Advanced Maths. No support from school in becoming an architect. Story of realising RM wanted to become an architect at age of 12. Reading articles on the Modern Movement architects in The Studio leant to RM by art master, Ray Bradshaw. Anecdote about making model of A and E Roth/ Breuer Doldertal flats. Architecture schools full of ex-servicemen so RM obtained work at Laurence King, architect: details. Detailed description of attending outstanding architectural drawing lessons by Roscoe at the North London Polytechnic.

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