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TitleOral history interview with Mr Mike Banfield on 5 June 2014
Date5 June 2014
Extent1 wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Cheeseman, Rona
Banfield, Mike
DescriptionInterview conducted by Rona Cheeseman.

00:00-03:31: Introduction: describes leaving school and finding employment in North London chemical factory; mentions Ordinary National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering; mentions technical state scholarship; describes A levels available at Battersea; describes mix of students

03:31-06:05: Studying in 1950s: mentions age of students; describes international students; mentions national service; mentions Paddy Walker, treasurer of Students' Union; mentions social life and The Grove public house

06:05-07:36: Polish students: mentions Polish lecturers in engineering department; describes fluid laboratory in Putney; mentions Polish students

07:36-09:18: Memorable staff: describes Mr Contoff, Geometry and Graphics, Royal Air Force veteran of Second World War; mentions International Evening

09:18-09:52: Accommodation: recalls living at home, commuted from Northeast London

09:52-41:45: Social Life: describes Students' Union offices in hut in courtyard; recalls printing press for tickets and posters; mentions The Grove public house; describes facilities in Battersea Great Hall and use for events;
International Evening: describes concept and examples of performances; mentions Regor Palamon; recalls students from different countries; mentions belly dancer, Dura;
Mentions Christmas Ball, Going Down Ball; discusses catering for events by Hotel and Catering Course students, mentions John Fuller; discusses marketing for events
Student Jazz Club: mentions creating poster; mentions role on Entertainments Committee, Chairman of Events; mentions Chris Barber, Kenny Ball, Lonnie Donegan
University of London Union: mentions Tony Wicks; annual events, President's Ball; mentions Queen Mother; March Hare's Ball at Royal Festival Hall
College Mascots: Battersea mascot, Oscar; mentions carrot mascot of Northampton Polytechnic; Sir John Cass College mascot; mentions Dr West and Mr Arrowsmith

41:45-01:04:04: College Rivalries: Chelsea college; mentions sports ground at Merton; describes filming of television programme about rivalry; mentions Albert Bridge
Visits to London by celebrities: mentions Bulgani [Bulganin?] and Kristoff [Khrushchev]; mentions Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco;
Charity events: recalls collection and dance for Hungarians, in Chislehurst Caves;
London Smog: describes project run by Dr George Elton to research composition of smog
Hotel and Catering Course: describes facility by Clapham Common, Manor House; recalls gender balance of course
Head of the Lake competition: describes race on Battersea Park Lake
Sports events: describes competitions with other colleges and universities; mentions beating the bounds
Fashion: mentions duffle coats, describes general student clothes; recalls some dances required dinner jackets
Food: mentions The Refectory; describes Hotel and Catering Restaurant; mentions the Green Café, The Eagle public house, The Grove public house
Finances: mentions student grants; describes part-time work during holidays;
Industrial Placements: Six week course at Foley refinery, Southampton
Non-teaching staff: mentions porter, Bob Batersby [Battersby?]; mentions Jim Melbourne

01:04:05 - End
Administrative HistoryMike Banfield graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1958.
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