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Women's Archive of Wales/Archif Menywod Cymru: Margery Lewis collection

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DWAW10

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Women's Archive of Wales/Archif Menywod Cymru: Margery Lewis collection

Short Title: Women's Archive of Wales/Archif Menywod Cymru: Margery Lewis collection

Creation date(s): 1981-1999

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.041 cubic metres (1 box & 1 collage board)

Name of creator(s): Margery Lewis; Women for Life on Earth Group

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Born in Box, Wiltshire, daughter of Kathleen and Charles Keane, Margery spent part of her childhood at Whiteway in Gloucestershire - a community whose members lived a simple life based on Tolstoyan principles. While she was still in her teens, her father sent her, unaccompanied, on an "educational" trip to Germany. It was an uncomfortable experience witnessing the early days of Hitler's regime, and she cut the visit short. In the mid-1930s, Margery moved to Oxford and joined the Communist party. Here she met her future husband, Arthur Hartog. Disapproving of the relationship, his parents sent him on a tour of Europe. Undeterred, Arthur returned in time to join Margery in the demonstration against Oswald Mosley and his followers at the Battle of Cable Street in 1936. With the advent of the Second World War Margery and their children, Waldo and Angela, followed Arthur on his army postings in the UK. Later in the war, she joined the FANYs (the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry) as an ambulance driver in Oxford and Salisbury. The marriage did not survive the war, and Margery married Edward Lewis in London in 1947, they had two sons together, Roland and William. When the family moved to Cardiff in the mid-1960s Margery developed a passion for the natural world, especially birdwatching and geology. After her eldest son Waldo died, aged 32, Margery became a counsellor for Compassionate Friends - the support group for bereaved parents. A veteran campaigner, Margery was on the first Aldermaston march in 1958 and her last action for peace was joining the 2003 demonstration in London against the proposed invasion of Iraq. Margery Lewis died aged 97 during August 2013. The photographs and papers in this collection relate to her activities with the Women for Life on Earth Group at the Greenham Common USAF base, their work during marches and demonstrations at the Peace Camp, Greenham Common, and at the Ministry of Ordnance factory at Llanishen, Cardiff.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Women's Archive of Wales/Archif Menywod Cymru: Margery Lewis paspers, 1981-1999, including: photographs, postcards, cartoons and banners, collected by Margery Lewis as a member of the Women for Life on Earth Group.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Physical characteristics: Good to fair condition

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at http://calmview.cardiff.gov.uk/calmview/

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records offered have been accepted and listed. 2 banners and 2 scarves have been earmarked for transfer to a museum.

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by a private individual.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: An obituary for Margery Lewis is provided by The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/12/margery-lewis-obituary. Other collections in Glamorgan Archives: DWLE - Women for Life on Earth Records; DWAW9 - Women's Archive of Wales/Archif Menywod Cymru: Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp Collection; DWAW13 - Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp - Jill Stallard Papers; DWAW38 - Women's Archive of Wales/Archif Menywod Cymru: Women's Peace camp, Greenham Common - photograph of banner; DXGC223 - Women for life on earth, poster showing banner carried on march from Cardiff to Brawdy; DWAW14 - Thalia Campbell papers relating to a sculpture to commemorate Greenham Common; DX736/1,2 - papers relating to the 10th years of Greenham Common. See also material in the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, the CND papers held at the National Library of Wales, and material in the Feminist Archive South held at Bristol University Archives (reference DM2123). Some of the material held in the Feminist Archive South is listed on the online catalogue found at http://oac.lib.bris.ac.uk/DServe/ Please note that the material held at Bristol University is held in an outside repository and advance notice is needed to access material.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Hayden Burns for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Glamorgan Record Office, Handlist of records for the Women's Archive of Wales/Archif Menywod Cymru: Margery Lewis. Updated by H Price.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2003, 2014


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Banners | Wales
Peace movements | Wales
Women pacifists

Personal names
Lewis , Margery , alive 1981-1999

Corporate names
Women for Life on Earth (Organization)
Women's Archive of Wales

Places
Berkshire (England)
Cardiff (Wales)
Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp ()
Llanishen (Cardiff, Wales)

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