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┆Oral history interview with Noel Hustler and Margaret Hustler
**Name**: Noel Hustler
**Biographical summary:** Noel was the Burser at the second Hawkspur Camp, working alongside the camp leader, Arthur Barron. He went on to have a successful career in social services.
**Name:** Margaret Hustler
**Biographical summary:** Margaret was the Assistant Matron at the second Hawkspur Camp, working alongside the camp leader, Arthur Barron.
**I****nterviewer**: Craig Fees
**Brief summary of interview**: Noel and Margaret give a lively and detailed account of life at the second Hawkspur Camp for adolescent boys. They recall their first impression of the Camp, and describe the environment including the living quarter, offices and dining rooms. They describe the Camp Councils - attending by staff and residents, and some of the judgments that were passed. Many of their stories involve Arthur 'Bunny' Barron the Camp leader a together they build up a picture of his character. They also briefly describe the Camp's psychotherapist, Marjorie Franklin whom the boys called 'Clickety Teeth'. Noel and Margaret recall with great clarity the boys who were in their care at Hawkspur, and in some instance are able to provide some information about their backgrounds. They do the same for members of staff, very briefly mentioning the psychiatrist Dr Denis Carol who sat on the governing Committee and TC Bodsworth who helped finance the venture. They describe how volunteers from the International Voluntary Service for Peace helped build Hawkspur Camp.The couple also talk in brief about their own childhoods (Margaret attended Beacon Hill School, a free school established by Bertrand Russell) and Noel's experience of being a Conscientious Objector during the Second World War and his work at Elmsett Farm near Ipswich. There is a brief comparison between Hawkspur and Taxal Edge, A convalescence hostel at which both were employed after Hawkspur closed. Noel provides a detailed overview of his distinguished career in social work interspersing descriptions with his personal views on contemporary issues in social work and social care.
**Date of recording**: 13 July 1995
**Recording length**: 0:46:11; 0:37:45; 0:45:33; 0:09:22
**PLEASE NOTE:** Historic language is used to describe children with social, emotional and behavioral issues.