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TitleOral history interview with Mr Bernard Jackson on 30 June 2015
Date30 June 2015
Extent1 wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Marbiha, Masue
Jackson, Bernard
DescriptionInterview conducted by Masue Marbiha

00:00-00:33: Introduction

00:33-02:52: Why Battersea? mentions commute from Kingston

02:52-05:13: First Impressions: mentions Hotel and Catering course students and Hotel and Catering restaurant; mentions Polish students and mature students; describes work load

05:13-06:32: Teaching Environment: describes contrast to formal structure of school; still attended lectures 9:30am until 4pm

06:32-08:19: Commuting: recalls international students lived in rented accommodation; mentions halls of residence at Clapham Common

08:19-10:01: Food: describes The Refectory; remembers using Hotel and Catering restaurant; mentions local café

10:01-15:23 Socialising: discusses financial situation of foreign students; mentions Ernest Clutterbuck, David Boneta, Mike Adams, Ken Lambert; recalls rowing boats on Battersea Park lake

15:23-16:29: Battersea Main Building: mentions how it has been converted into flats; describes Edwin Tate Library; mentions dances in Battersea Grand Hall

16:29-17:29: Workload: recalls making telephone calls to other students to discuss homework; describes pressure of course

17:29-18:23: Practical Experiments: describes difficulties in gaining desired results

18:23-19:48: Music: recalls playing guitar in student jazz band; mentions Mick Menchuranis; emphasises time spent studying

19:48-21:50: Health checks: recalls illness detected by van visiting hometown to take x-rays; describes change in student demographic between 1951 and 1953; mentions overseas students

21:50-23:00: Finances: remembers student grant from Surrey County Council; recalls expense of commuting

23:00-25:03: Sports: remembers Battersea football team, mentions Merton sports ground and describes football shirts; mentions college league; recalls football social and meeting wife

25:03-25:58: Romance: describes meeting wife at dance

25:58-29:18: Student Life: recalls concentrating on studying; describes timetable and workload; mentions headhunting of students by large companies, Imperial Chemical Industries

29:18-33:22: Teaching: mentions practical experiments; describes role of chemistry in course; describes subjects covered; explains steam tables and steam engines

33:22-34:12: Calculations: describes using a slide rule

34:12-35:50: Laboratory work: remembers amount of time spent in laboratories; recalls being late for examination

35:50-38:26: Memorable Staff: describes Peter Hilston and Dr Hilston; mentions Dr Everest, organic chemistry lecturer; describes Dr Elton, physical chemistry; mentions Dr Tayobe, Chemical Engineering; mentions Dr Thomas

38:26-43:23: Industrial Placement: describes International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Education; Shell refinery, southern France for six weeks during first summer holiday, Germany during second; describes work on placement; mentions Mike Adams and tandem bicycle; describes accommodation and finances

43:23-45:44: Change of College Name: describes Battersea Main Building; recalls visiting Ernest Clutterbuck at University of Surrey

45:44-50:40: Battersea Facilities: describes balances used for weighing chemicals; considers technological advances in chemistry; describes experiments

50:40-56:46: Photographs: Describes photographs, mentions Ernest Clutterbuck, Bernard Jackson, Mike Adams and David Boneta; mentions Dr Korowski; describes role of Dr Elnst; photograph of Battersea Park, mentions international students; mentions Ken Lambert

56:46-01:00:29: Enjoyable parts of studies: recalls worries when starting at Battersea; describes enjoying studies; grateful to have lived at home

01:00:29-01:01:57: Graduation: mentions Royal Albert Hall and Queen Mother; describes hiring gown

01:01:57-01:05:12: Employment: describes finding employment in The Hague in Holland; describes contrast between student life and employment

01:05:12-01:10:56: Contrast with current student life: mentions Ernest Clutterbuck, admissions tutor

01:10:56 - End
Administrative HistoryBernard Jackson graduated in 1956 in Chemical Engineering.
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