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TitleOral history interview with Mrs Jennifer Gammon on 30 June 2015
Date30 June 2015
Extent1 Wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Nailon, Harriet
Gammon, Jennifer
DescriptionInterview conducted by Harriet Nailon

00:00-00:41: Introduction

00:42-05:51: Why Battersea? Began course at Bedford College, Regent's Park, did not like course structure; mentions Bob Lord at Battersea College; mentions student grant; recalls employment as chambermaid in Germany; describes timetable; Wednesday afternoons free for sport; small class, close knit; inspiring lecturers, pioneers

05:51-10:44: Year abroad: describes term at French university; employment in Germany during holidays; term at German university; Bordeaux University; hitchhiked to Spain; employment in tourist office in Dusseldorf; Tubingen University; Zeimann's in Stuttgart

10:44-13:36: Accommodation in London; rented accommodation in Notting Hill; Ralph West Halls of Residence; move to Guildford halls of residence; recalls coaches to Guildford on Wednesday afternoons; travelled back to Merton for netball

13:36-15:48: Husband John: describes meeting husband on campus in Guildford over Easter holidays; civil engineer; recalls visited him at Guildford after her degree; describes employment in Switzerland together after qualifying

15:48-21:49: Sports and entertainment; Netball; Diana Kerr; away games, King's College, Bristol; describes gender balance; dances in Ralph West and Courland Grove halls of residence; Charter Balls in Battersea Main Building; fancy dress parties; dances at other London colleges; Georgie Fame, The Scaffold, Booker T & the M.G.'s; listened to Leonard Cohen records; task force charity to help the elderly; Battersea was a poor area

21:59-26:35: 60s: Not aware of drug taking; Marquee Club; made her own clothes, crocheted dress; Biba; describes attitudes to short skirts; mentions public houses; mentions typewriter

26:35-31:36: University facilities: describes Language Laboratory; describes life in Dusseldorf; appreciated the opportunity to go abroad

31:36-34:16: Careers: bilingual secretary course; German shorthand; Avon cosmetics; tour company is Switzerland; taught German and French at a school

34:16-36:41: Inspirational teachers: Roger Tilford and Gerald Fleming; course on German human satire; Derek McCulloch, talented musician; comment in German about time at Battersea

36:41: End
Administrative HistoryJennifer Gammon, nee Jones, graduated in 1971 having studied Linguistic and Regional Studies, German main and French subsidiary (3 years in Battersea and 1 year in Guildford).
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