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TitleOral history interview with Mr Malcolm Johnson 16 March 2016
Date16 March 2016
Extent1 wav file
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
England, Lauren
Johnson, Malcolm
DescriptionInterview conducted by Lauren England.
No transcript was made of this recording.

00:00-00:26: Introduction: Graduated 1970, materials technology

00:26-01:23: Why Battersea? describes desire to have degree, engineering less competitive than science; followed David Graves, two years above at school, to come to Battersea College

01:23-03:11: First Impressions: Remembers interview with lecturers, Ted Leach, Dr Elias, very welcoming; describes campus and local area as dilapidated; happy with the course; remembers he was drawn to London in the 1960s

03:11-04:48: 1960s London: Remembers Courland Grove hall of residence was not finished at start of term, so given rented accommodation in Streatham; made friends with students from King's College London, moved into rented accommodation in second year with them in North West London

04:48-05:30: Course: Recalls first year began with PEMS module (Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Science) to establish basics for new students

05:30-05:55: Food: recalls eating at The Green Café, he contracted jaundice during first year; describes café as unhygienic, but cheap

05:55-08:06: Accommodation: remembers rented accommodation was organised by Battersea; describes rented accommodation with King's College London students, owned by Mrs McHugo; met wife through other King's College London students

08:06-09:20: Romance: Remembers future wife, Vivian, lived in Cricklewood, so moved to West Hampstead, North-West London with King's College London students to be near her; describes rented accommodation

09:20-10:38: Living in rented accommodation: Describes pranks and games; Mentions sense of freedom away from halls

10:38-13:10: Commuting: describes journey on Underground to London Waterloo, then train to Battersea Park; recalls socialising after lectures at Battersea with other Metallurgy students, mentions sport

13:10-14:35: Socialising: mentions sport, football; recalls sports grounds in Merton; describes annual social events with football club at The Eagle public house, mentions Ian Burgess, football captain

14:35-16:10: Socialising: mostly with other students from Metallurgy course; mentions summer balls; discusses whether sport and politics were more important for students then; mentions Students' Union meetings; describes status of Left Wing political movement

16:10-18:12: Politics: recalls standing for Labour party at school elections in a Conservative area; mentions political views of father-in-law; mentions policies of Harold Wilson

18:12-19:38: Student demographic: recalls Metallurgy course students had mostly northern or industrial origins

19:38-34:15: Course structure: Describes options of metallurgy or material sciences; remembers third year was spent in industry, then students chose in final year to focus on metals or materials; remembers Polish university lecturers;
Industrial Placement: Ken Ginsberg, tutor, suggested company in Germany; recalls German language course at Goethe Institute in Salzberg; describes first industry placement in Dortmund, Germany, at steel works; describes second sixth months at Karlsberg, near Strasburg; mentions Eurotom Treaty and European Atomic Energy Community; mentions Carl Ginsberg
Final year on Guildford campus: describes mud; remembers room in Battersea Court halls of residence; mentions strong community feel on campus; explains focus on materials technology in final year, mentions tutors Michael Bader, Jim Reed; mentions carbon fibre composites

34:15-37:54: Returning from industry: describes contrast between placements, European Atomic Energy placement involved more research; remembers exploring Guildford and appreciating new facilities; mentions dances; explains the '53 Club' for metallurgy alumni, remembers social events at The Wooden Bridge public house

37:54-40:26: University Charter: Remembers awareness of upcoming change; describes entrance requirement for Battersea College of Advanced Technology, compares to University of Manchester

40:26-43:08: Socialising in Guildford: recalls meeting wife; describes holiday job in Mill Hill, North London at raw plug factory; remembers wife travelling to United States of America with the British University of North America Club; mentions wife visiting Guildford

43:08-49:03: Staff members: describes Victor Kingswood, iron and steel lecturer; mentions Jim Reed and Mike Bader, enthusiastic tutors; explains relationship with lecturers; mentions department sports days

45:30-49:03: Postgraduate research: describes interest of British Aircraft Corporation in carbon fibre composites; mentions Rolls Royce; recalls early 1970s financial situation; mentions postgrad football team

49:03-51:23: Masters Degree Course: Two year course, extended for a year; describes employment as librarian with the Greater London Council, University College London diploma in librarianship; describes employment at St Martin's School of Art library; mentions employment in library information science at Shell

51:23-52:30: Graduation ceremony: Mentions graduation in Guildford Cathedral with wife and parents; explains value of honorary degree ceremony

52:30-56:10: Good memories: explains being first in family with degree; explains how studies shaped his life; describes first three years as most influential; mentions degree result; describes university as a supportive environment; mentions waiter at The Green Café

56:10-57:25: Course: describes value of university education

57:25 - End
Administrative HistoryMalcolm Johnson graduated from the University of Surrey in 1970 with an BSc in Material Technology. He then completed an MPhil researching carbon fibre, graduating in c.1973.
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