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Dorward, Collette (1 of 15) Oral History of Wolff Olins.

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  • Recording date

    2002-01-15; 2002-05-10; 2002-11-28

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Oral History of Wolff Olins

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's offices, London and the British Library, London

  • Interviewees

    Dorward, Collette, 1959- (speaker, female, management consultant)

  • Interviewers

    Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 1: Tape 1 (F10533) Side A: Born in Lennoxtown, Scotland, 11th March 1959- Details of Family: father Ivor Dorward, born around 1930, mother Priscilla Tindle, born 1932, both in Scotland- Father taught people how to fly gliders during war, then training and becoming a leading Glasgow architect (Dorward Matheson Gleave)- Paternal Grandmother a nurse and Grandfather a mechanic with Ferranti- Father's generation first to be educated at university- Little known about a troubled family background- Memories of grandfather including his remarrying Isabel who was Burmese; describes the aura of exoticism she brought into their home- Maternal grandfather, Andrew Tindle, inventor, medical practitioner, anaesthetist and inspiration for CD- Explains impact on grandchildren- Large extended family and importance to Dorward family- Expands on Grandfather's eccentricity, energy, status in community, as well as circumstances surrounding suicide of Grandmother, Violet- Social, educational, as well as medical background of this brilliant Grandmother and how affected CD- Touches on sister Jane's very different life in Norway as mother of five- Describes father's hybrid degree in architecture and civil engineering- Reflects on motivations for this unusual choice as well as his responsibilities to his own siblings- Mother trained as commercial artist but stopped working during childhood years, returning to run own printing company later on, finally becoming a painter after death of Collette's father- Talks about death of father and how he viewed his life as well as describing his professional achievements which included much public and commercial sector work within a post-war aesthetic framework-

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