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TitleOral history interview with Mr Allan Delves on 14 October 2015
Date14 October 2015
Extent1 wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Gethin, Chris
Delves, Allan
DescriptionInterview conducted by Chris Gethin.

00:00-01:01 : Introduction

01:01-02:38: Why Battersea? mentions A-level results, describes entry requirements for Battersea College; move to London from Tunbridge Wells

02:38-05:15: First impressions: describes Ralph West Halls of Residence; mentions Battersea Park; describes community in halls, all first year students; mostly all white and middle class

05:15-08:01: Accommodation; found rented accommodation for second and third year; Broomwood Park Road, Mrs Dunk provided breakfast and dinner

08:01-10:48: Industrial Placement; Clywedog dam, Wales; tutor Dr Humpidge; stayed in Lloyds Hotel, Llandiloes; university football team, onto local football team

10:48-17:44: Return to Battersea College; rented accommodation with Mrs Dunk; no curfew, no female guests allowed; half hour walk to campus; ran a car in final year so drove to campus; recalls full timetable of lectures, except Wednesday afternoons for sport; formal dress for lectures, including ties and jackets; donkey jackets; student scarves, blue, white and purple

17:44-18:55: Sports: played at Merton College; rugby, hockey, football; played away at weekends

18:55-23:07: Laboratory practicals: took ties off for mechanical work; group of 18 or 19 students taught together; tutor to meet with monthly; recalls report on industrial placement nominated by Dr Neil Farrah for London Universities Undergraduate medal, completed presentation to Institute of Civil Engineers, won Bronze medal and £10

23:07-28:49: Final points: describes photographs of football team; medal and football colours to donate to university; big Polish contingent at University; not obvious links to industry

28:49-34:05: Socialising: describes field trips, Isle of Wight, North Wales; first teams for football and hockey; focussed on work, saw studies as good opportunity; Fresher's week; 7 or 8 football teams; matches in Battersea part, changing rooms at back of college; fixture secretary for football society

34:05 - Ends
Administrative HistoryAllan Spencer Delves studied Civil Engineering, 1963-1967.
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