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  Tuesday 25 September 2001  
"She affects me as a strong purge, as a hair shirt, as a foggy day, as a cold in the head. If I had Hilda I should not want medicine...."

Perhaps this isn't the nicest way one would hope to be described by Virginia Woolf. But Hilda Matheson raised strong passions in many people.
She was a high profile figure in the 1920s and 30s, at the BBC, and with MI6, working on key government initiatives.
But following her death in 1940, when she was in her early 50s, her many achievements were quickly forgotten.
Henrietta Ottley took tea with two of her friends, Sheila Shannon and Mary Bennett, to find out more about this indomitable woman.

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