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TitleOral history interview with Mr Keith Goddard 29 May 2014
Date29 May 2014
Extent1 wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Redrup, Kate
Goddard, Keith
DescriptionInterview conducted by Kate Redrup.

00:00-00:27 : Introduction

00:27-01:11: Why Battersea? describes entry requirements; recalls Battersea College was mentioned by careers advisor at school; interviewed by Dr Houston

01:11-01:56: First impressions of Battersea; small college, 900 students; porter at door; friendly; clear links with industry

01:56-05:36: Chemistry course; brother worked in Battersea research laboratories; describes facilities in laboratories; recalls local authority paid for your slide rule; 25 pupils to a class; describes practical experiments; mentions final examinations in London; German translation

05:36 -08:32: Course content: translation of German texts; chemistry, physics and mathematics modules; three three-hour examinations in third year

08:32-10:19: Lecturers: Dr John Redford, had taken course on teaching; some lecturers just read from book; Dr Court; Dr Reid; Mike Abraham, tutor; Bryan Rubin, tutor, provided reference

10:19-20:51: Accommodation: describes student grants and finances; describes Ralph West halls of residence; describes Clapham Common Northside and facilities; shared accommodation, mixed of students; pranks in halls; getting into girls' rooms; Jeff Hammon; social dances

20:51-34:02: Socialising: Freshers' week; sports, rugby club, describes playing fields in Merton; Collin Stevens, team captain, arranged trip to Paris; sports on Wednesday afternoons, played against colleges; University of London knockout rugby competition; dances; pajama parties in halls; musical acts, Johnny Dankworth, Kenny Ball; Eagle public house next to campus; mentions Dr John Redfern

34:02-36:14: Catering: describes food in The Refectory; mentions Green Cafe on Battersea Bridge Road; mentions rented accommodation; mentions finances

36:14-40:45: 1960s: Mick Jagger was studying nearby in Chelsea; knew Hungarian student who fled Hungary in 1956 revolution; mentions cinema, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr No; mentions Cuban Missile Crisis; recalls watching television in Common room in halls; hitchhiked to south of France in holidays

40:45-43:03: Smog: very cold weather in 1963; very bad smog, everything got dirty, very bad visibility; torches used to direct buses in city

43:03-45:23: Fashions: Mary Quant; mini skirts and long boots; describes cars of the time, mopeds, Morris Mini car, Messerschmitt three wheeled car, Reliant Robin, and Bubble car

45:23-48:33: London: New Year's Eve in Trafalgar Square; nurses from Stoke Mandeville Hospital; RAG week, Head of the Lake, challenge to drink Six Bells public house dry

48:33-54:56: Students Union: Played cards in union bar; union meetings with debates, Jim Duffield; Clyde Rafferty

54:56-58:08: Clothing: duffel coats, jeans and jumpers; Battersea Scarves, University of London scarves, used to identify students; describes rugby kit, white with blue horizontal stripe

58:08-01:01:05: Lecturers: Dr Earnshaw, project supervisor, taught his son; mentions international students

01:01:05-01:06:52: Graduation and afterwards: offered employment by Battersea alumnus at Technicon Instruments Limited; re-trained as a teacher; recalls Duke of Kent at graduation; mentions reunion, Tony Butcher, Mike Abraham, Fred Parrot

01:06:52-01:08:10: University of Surrey: mentions Gabriel Bust, chemistry lecturer

01:08:11 - End
Administrative HistoryKeith Goddard studied Chemistry at Battersea, joining in 1962 and graduating in 1965.
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