Thompson, Paul (13 of 22). Oral History of Oral History
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Thompson, Paul, 1935- (speaker, male)
Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)
Part 13: [Session six: 29 September 2013] [00:25] Meeting of a sub-committee in Paul’s house in Oxford. Letter from Raphael 24th March 1980 resigning from the committee. (Paul reads out the contents of the letter). Talks about Pam Taylor of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Studies and the lack of interest generally within the Centre. In July 1980 Mary Girling resigned as treasurer. Belinda Westover took it on. Belinda fell in love with an architect and they went to France together to convert houses. She came back to England soon afterwards. Now dead. [07:50] Lancaster conference in Spring 1981 being organised. Isle of Dogs history project and mention of Lisa Pontecorvo. Mentions Donald Hinds as a member of the committee. Mentions Steve Humphries and his work in trying to expand the membership through libraries etc. Describes how he got to know him via a PhD at Sussex. Paul had been contacted by Gavin Weightman at London Weekend Television and Paul had recommended Steve to be employed in the Making of Modern London series. [17:50] Concerns around the secretary post and the possibility of offering £500 to Steve Humphries to be organising secretary. Proposed book The Past & the Present with Joanna Bornat as editors but did not progress. More about Steve Humphries’s role in the Society. Issues around Steve and Belinda getting honoraria. In particular people from outside London feeling excluded. 1983 conference to be organised by Andy Durr – fire alarm.
Life story interview with Paul Thompson, co-founder of National Life Stories.