Jackson, Betty (1 of 52) An Oral History of British Fashion
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Interviewee's Office, London
Jackson, Betty 1949- (speaker, female)
Simmons, Eva (speaker, female)
Part 1: Memories of grandparents: paternal grandfather had died, but grandmother (Emma Jackson) still strong and living close by, in Lancashire. Grandfather had been blinded in an industrial accident at the slate quarry owned by the family. Grandmother set up corner store to support family. BJ’s father served in Egypt during WWII, then set up a shoe manufacturing business. More on paternal grandmother, pleasant memories of BJ’s and her sister Anne’s childhood stays with grandmother. Parents’ active social life. Grandmother’s house; Christmases together. Description of grandmother, more on staying with her. Glamorous relatives, e.g. great-uncle who lived in Bombay, had cotton plantation: their lifestyle, jewellery and smart clothes. Meetings with them. Descriptions of great-aunt and great-uncle; comparisons. Stresses and strains between grandmother and BJ’s parents: grandmother demanding, general atmosphere of anxiety during Sundays spent together. Speculation on mother’s frustrations. Father gentle, kept his counsel. Grandparents had happy life, until grandfather’s accident.
Life story interview with the fashion designer, Betty Jackson CBE (b.1949).