A Conversation with Madame Jacqueline Munro-Lafon

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The Ramshorn

98 Ingram Street, Merchant City

University of Strathclyde

Glasgow

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Jacqueline Munro-Lafon was born in Paris in 1921, to a liberal family of lawyers and wine merchants. As a youngster she lived close to the Jardins de Luxembourg, and was inspired by the artistic circles in which her parents moved – her father was a gifted amateur painter whose work was accepted for exhibition in the Salon des Indépendants – and by her grandfather, who was born in 1846 and who, like many graduates of his generation, spoke in Latin with his friends.

In the late thirties, Jacqueline enrolled at university, where she studied Journalism. It was during her years as a student that she became politically active, with a particular interest in demonstrating for the rights of workers and of women. Unusually for the times, Jacqueline belonged to a Catholic family with many Jewish friends – something which made Nazi occupation all the more horrifying, and Liberation all the more joyful. By that time Jacqueline was a journalist in Paris, and soon after this she was attached to the British Army. It was then that she met Hamish Munro, a Scottish major who would become her husband. After the war the couple settled in Glasgow, and had three children. Later in her career Jacqueline was the librarian at the Institut Français in Glasgow.

At the age of ninety-eight, Jacqueline remains a prominent figure in the Franco-Scottish Society, and continues to cultivate a passionate interest in the arts, in left-wing politics and in current affairs.

In this event, hosted jointly by SCILT, The Scottish Oral History Centre and French, Jacqueline will come to the University of Strathclyde on Monday 4 November, from 5pm to 7pm. A relaxed conversation format, hosted by speakers of French and English, will enable her to share her astonishing wealth of experience and memories, spanning the lifetimes of eight generations of her family, and will allow the audience to ask questions – in both languages!


This free event is open to individuals with a keen interest in French and History. Advanced Higher pupils and students who study these subjects are particularly welcome.

Places are limited, so don't miss out! Register by 5pm on 1st November to attend what promises to be a heart-warming, inspiring and memorable evening for all. Refreshments of drinks and nibbles will be provided.

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98 Ingram Street, Merchant City

University of Strathclyde

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