Dorothy Thompson nee Towers (1923-2011), historian of Chartism, was a member of the YCL/CPGB from 1939 to 1956.
This interview was conducted at the Thompsons' home in Worcestershire on 1 December 1991. It covers joining the Communist Party while still at school at the end of the 1930s, party discipline, and recollections of leaders such as Palme Dutt and Harry Pollitt; the role of women in the party, especially during the Second World War; CPGB activity; leaving the party in 1956; recites ‘Harry was a Bolshie’, song about Jubilee. An interview conducted on the same day with E.P. Thompson is available here.