May 1942 at the Four Gables Maternity Home in Horsforth.
Grew up in Yeadon, interviewed at the family home shared with her sister Judith, which is now in Rawdon.
Date of Interview
Tuesday 28th May 2019
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Marjorie Emsley (31.07.2020)
Marjorie Emsley is the nicest and gentlest woman you could ever wish to meet but don’t be fooled! Marjorie knows full well how to battle to get things done.
When you listen to Marjorie what strikes you is that this is a thinking person – she gets things done not by charging ahead and brushing people out of the way or by wielding the big stick of authority. Marjorie is a thinker and gets the best possible results by looking at all sides and working the problem through – from being a senior person in the Guide Association a job which took her all over the United Kingdom and into Europe, to being a headteacher and a key figure in the Methodist Church.
A skill which astounded me is Marjorie’s brilliant hand bell ringing. When asked, she will say ‘oh it’s just a matter of counting’. Believe me, it’s not!
Interviewer: Carlo Harrison
Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton
Sound Engineer David Myers
Four Gables Maternity Home
Trefoil Guild (Guiding)
Guide Archives, Leeds
Dorothy Emsley / Manor Mills
South View School
Aireborough Grammar School
Primrose Hill School, Pudsey
Working Life, Headteacher
Yeadon Methodist Church
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