Ann Dummett

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Ann Dummett
Born Agnes Margaret Ann Chesney
4 September 1930
London, England, UK
Died 7 February 2012(2012-02-07) (aged 81)
Oxford, England, UK
Residence Oxford, England, UK
Education Ware Grammar School for Girls
Alma mater Somerville College, Oxford
Occupation Activist
Years active 1950s – 2012
Home town London, England, UK
Spouse(s) Michael Dummett
(1951-2011; his death)
Children 4 Sons,
3 Daughters
Parents Arthur Chesney Kitty Chesney
Family Edmund Gwenn (Uncle),
Cecil Kellaway (Distant-Cousin)

Ann Dummett, Lady Dummett (née Chesney) (4 September 1930 – 7 February 2012) was a British campaigner for racial justice and an expert on British nationality law.

Early Life and Career[edit]

Agnes Margaret Ann Chesney was a daughter of the actor Arthur Chesney. She was educated at Ware Grammar School for Girls and Somerville College, Oxford. In 1951 she married the philosopher Michael Dummett. With Evan Luard, Oxford's MP, they founded the Oxford Committee for Racial Integration, forerunner to Oxfordshire Council for Community Relations, and Mrs Dummett became a full-time community relations officer. She went on to work at the Institute of Race Relations, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the Runnymede Trust of which she was director from 1984 to 1987. Dummett died on 7 February 2012 in Oxford, England from unknown causes, just 6 weeks after her husbands death.


  • A Portrait of English Racism, Penguin, 1973. ISBN 0140216073
  • Citizenship and Nationality, Runnymede Trust, London, 1976
  • A New Immigration Policy, Runnymede Trust, London, 1978
  • British Nationality: the AGIN guide to the new law (with Ian Martin), published for the Action Group on Immigration and Nationality by the National Council for Civil Liberties, London, 1982. ISBN 0901108995
  • Towards a Just Immigration Policy (ed.), Cobden Trust, London, 1986. ISBN 0900137266
  • Racially Motivated Crime: responses in three European cities: Frankfurt, Lyons and Rome (ed.), Commission for Racial Equality, London 1997. ISBN 1854422014