21 February 2011
Anne Perkins spoke about Barbara Castle, later Baroness Castle of Blackburn (1910-2002), Labour politician and journalist. The seminar was chaired by Professor Anne Deighton ( Wolfson College, Oxford).
In her paper ‘On the back of a cigarette packet. Or, the night of the long spoons’ [PDF, 240kb, copyright Anne Perkins] Anne Perkins, author of Red Queen, The Authorised Biography of Barbara Castle, revisited Castle’s account of two visits made in the mid and late 1950s by top-ranking Russian politicians.
It was illustrated by a range of material from the Castle papers (above) including backs of cigarette packets; their foil linings; envelopes and menu cards -- all used by Castle as makeshift note paper, and a typescript memoir of a dinner with B[ulganin] & K[ruschev].
The catalogue of the Barbara Castle papers is now online.