Ann Dummett

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Ann, Lady Dummett
Agnes Margaret Ann Chesney

4 September 1930
St George Hanover Square, London, England, UK
Died7 February 2012(2012-02-07) (aged 81)
Oxford, England, UK
EducationWare Grammar School for Girls
Alma materSomerville College, Oxford
OccupationActivist, author
Years active1950s – 2012
(m. 1951; died 2011)
Parent(s)Arthur Chesney
Kitty Chesney (née Ridge)
FamilyEdmund Gwenn (uncle)
Cecil Kellaway (cousin)

Ann, Lady Dummett (born Agnes Margaret Ann Chesney; 4 September 1930 – 7 February 2012) was an English activist, campaigner for racial justice and published author.

Early life and career[edit]

Born at St George Hanover Square, London, the daughter of actor Arthur Chesney, she was related to actors Edmund Gwenn and Cecil Kellaway. She attended 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 she became a full-time community relations officer.[1]

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, six weeks after the death of her husband, Michael.[1]


  • 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


  1. ^ a b Ann Dummett obituary, The Guardian, 24 February 2012; accessed 4 March 2015.

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