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TitleOral history interview with Mrs Leonora Horsfield on 26 June 2015
Date26 June 2015
Extent1 wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Buckland, Amintha
Horsfield, Leonora
DescriptionInterview conducted by Amintha Buckland.

00:00-00:27: Introduction

00:27-02:05: Why Battersea? Application made to Battersea by school headmistress; travelled down to London with parents for interview

02:05-04:00: First impressions: similar to school; visited home during holidays; lived in halls of residence, with gas fires on meters; cotton uniform; shared room in first year

04:00-06:20: Domestic Science Teachers' Course: rationing clothing coupons; needlework, cookery; half day a week interviewing senior delinquent girl; girls' borstal; Roman Catholic charity, North London

06:20-10:39: Studying in 1940s: no alcohol allowed on Battersea campus; lots of students; club room; shortcuts through bomb sites; describes harvest camps in Shrewsbury, Atcham

10:39-15:50: Details of course: Mrs Johnson, science lecturer; Ms. Leg, laundry, ironing; two terms of cookery; teacher from Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts visited; all female students

15:50-18:33: Employment: Husband worked in mine, moved to Doncaster, job in school; interviews

18:33-21:14: Socialising: lunchtime dancing; women's cricket team; North Side Clapham Common halls, curfew at 9pm during week, 10pm on Saturdays

21:14-23:24: Cricket team: cricket grounds at Morden; immigrants arrived from the colonies at Clapham Common

23:24-26:01: Socialising: Halloween dances; laundry at weekends; went to theatre in London

26:01-28:41: Food and clothes: mentions rationing; instant mashed potato; teaching uniform for Domestic Science students; clothing coupons for casual wear; looked after clothes well

28:41-31:05: Male students: most students were male; accommodation was segregated, but students did mix and sneak in

31:05-31:34: After course: No graduation, certificate came through post; honorary degree later

31:34-40:42: Other memories: Shaved George Hopwood at Harvest Camp; Gilbert & Sullivan performances, once a year in Battersea Great Hall; dances in Battersea Great Hall; ended up teaching in Newcastle

40:45 - End
Administrative HistoryLeonora Horsfield graduated from Battersea in 1949 from the Domestic Science Teacher's Course.
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