Ref NoRMB/16
TitleOral history interview with Mr Frank Green on 15 October 2015
Date15 October 2015
Extent1 wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Redrup, Kate
Green, Frank
DescriptionInterview conducted by Kate Redrup.

00:00-00:31: Introduction

00:31-04:08: Why Battersea? recalls entry requirements, mentions Combined Cadet Force; mentions subsidy from London County Council for course at Battersea College; describes metallurgy department in pre-fabricated huts in main building courtyards

04:08-07:20: First Impressions: awed by numbers of people; hard to find classrooms; describes Battersea Main Building interior

07:20-18:48: Subject: Mostly taught through lectures; register of attendance taken; describes note taking; mentions ex-service men; students from British colonies, Greeks and Iraqis; Victor Kingswood, head of department; wet analysis; electrical engineering; slide rule; using furnaces; new department building constructed during second year of study, with Hotel and Catering Course facilities on top two floors

18:48-24:56: Industrial Placement: recalls placement in second year; recalls trips with Metallurgical Society every Easter; visited aluminium extraction plant a Fort William, Scotland

24:56-30:19: '53 Club: Started by Ken Bartley; group for metallurgy graduates; club neck tie; Frank was treasurer

30:19-35:33: Socialising: Parties with '53 Club; formal dinners with Metallurgy Society; floats during RAG week; events in Battersea Grand Hall, or student common room; recalls difficulty finding meat for barbeque, due to rationing

35:33-49:44: Students' Union: describes role as treasurer; new boat for rowing society, won Head of the River competition, intercollege pursuit race; remembers students digging hole in Leicester Square; mentions university Christmas ball, graduation ball; formal dinner with Metallurgy department

49:44-01:06:05: Staff: Mr Leslie, lecturer; Vic Kingswood; Dr Lionel Shreir, corrosion expert; Ken Bartley; Jimmy Moore, student liaison; Mike Bader; John Macoviak [Mackowiak?]; honorary degree ceremony; Polish students; badminton

01:06:05-01:19:03: After graduation: recruited by Howell company; joined reserve armed forces; nuclear waste processing; designed equipment to work at high temperatures

01:19:03-01:27:06: Food and accommodation: Lived at home; describes finances; describes commute; mentions The Refectory, mentions Hotel and Catering restaurant; recalls salary for doctoral degree

01:27:06-01:43:19: Memories: helped American naval officer with MSc part-time; The Grove public house; hotel rooms on campus for hotel and catering course students to practice in;
Exams: describes different kinds of exams; Professor Danet; Iva Jenkins

01:43:19-01:51:46: Graduation: undergraduate in Royal Albert Hall; ball at Grove House afterwards; missed PhD graduation; mentions honorary degree ceremony

01:51:46-01:53:51: Praised practical aspects of study at Battersea

01:54:04 - End
Administrative HistoryFrank Green graduated from Battersea in 1953 having studied Metallurgy in the Faculty of Engineering.
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