Baroness Norah Phillips: Tape Two

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 8NLS/14/2
  • Dates of Creation
      May-Jun 1992
  • Physical Description
      1 audio cassette

Scope and Content

Discusses her health and birth of children. Lobbied against closure of Elizabeth Garrett Hospital. Attitudes towards current state of National Health Service re education and health. Made Baroness, 1964. Membership of National Union of Teachers: responsible for running five schools. Discusses daughters' and husbands' careers. Phillips became member of European Council. Husband's involvement in socialist party and international politics. Phillips's anti-European stance. Served in Government from 1965-1970. Career as Justice of the Peace from 1958: sat on West London Petty Sessional Division, then at South Westminster. General Secretary of National Association of Women's Clubs (NAWC) from 1949. Work at NAWC; Advisory Officer; Lucy Butcher; Department of Education grants; becoming President of NAWC. Important events: formation of Citizen's Advice Bureaux, National Council of Single Dependants, Old Peoples' Welfare Union (Age Concern). Seconded to House of Lords on request of Harold Wilson: recalls her investiture, opening of Parliament and socialising with Royalty. Meeting Julius Nyerere (former student of London School of Economics) as President of Tanzania; Dr Hastings Banda. First woman to be appointed Lord-Lieutenant of London at request of James Callaghan. Working with Ken Livingstone at County Hall. Hosted award ceremonies: British Empire Medal; Queen's Award to Industry. Chaired Beatrice Webb Housing Trust: Summer Schools in Surrey.