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TitleOral history interview on 5 August 2015
Date5 August 2015
Extent1 wav file
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Buckland, Amintha
DescriptionInterview conducted by Amintha Buckland
No transcript was made of this recording. This recording has been edited to allow access.

00:00-00:24: Introduction: graduated in 1961 having studied Hotel & Catering

00:24-01:22: Why Battersea? Describes move to England in 1955 from Egypt; mentions A-level course at Woolwich before Battersea; began studying engineering; describes being unaware of variety of courses; transferred to Hotel and Catering the following year

01:22-02:14: Course: describes structure of four years course, including year in industry; recalls practical subjects covered during first year; mentions year in industry at Grosvenor House in 1960

02:14-03:16: Cooking studied: provide an appreciation of psychology of chefs, basics of cooking, importance of food and beverages as part of hospitality environment; manager of hotel will need to understand different departments

03:16-04:06: Industrial Placement: given choice of hotels by department, interview at Grosvenor House; describes working in different departments

04:06-05:50: Staff in industry: describes experience of working in Grosvenor House kitchen and relationship with chefs

05:50-07:06: Battersea Staff: Mentions Professor Medlik, Professor Naylor [Nailon?], Mr Courtas, economics; describes close relationship with teachers; continued contact after graduation, mentions Sue Walton

07:06-12:10: Links with Industry in department: Mentions Lyons, Forte, Savoy, Grosvenor House, large chain hospitality companies; describes organising Student Graduate Management Conference at Battersea, including visit from Mr Charlie Forte; mentions founding of Graduates and Students Management Society and student magazine; remembers offer of employment with J. Lyons & Company

12:10-20:40: Socialising: describes noticing contrast in social life for engineering students and Hotel and Catering students; mentions International Society and Chelsea Polytechnic; remembers International Society and annual International Evening, over two nights, mentions different nationalities performing; describes organising trip for students to Egypt in 1959 whilst Chairman of International Society

20:40-23:44: International Evening 1960: Recalls invitation of cultural attach├ęs, mentions Dr Leggett and broadcasting of event on BBC World Service; wrote to world leaders requesting messages of goodwill

23:44-24:48: Good memories: Remembers enjoying Battersea environment; mentions eating at The Grove public house

24:48-28:32: Accommodation: describes private accommodation in Prince of Wales Drive, owned by Percy Amis; describes sharing flat with students, Marwan Mousa and Charlie Gomez; remembers Students' Union events like Head of the Lake competition in Battersea Park, Fred Lions' sports event; describes invading other colleges to steal mascots and remembers mock up theft of mascot recorded by ITV on Charles Bridge

28:32-29:59: Food: Describes cooking together in accommodation, mentions hot curries by Charlie Gomez; cooked Arabic food

29:59-32:42: Other stuff: mentions Jack, head hall porter; describes sandwiches in The Grove public house; became manager of hotel in Park Lane, Londonderry

32:42 - End
Administrative HistoryThis alumni began studying Engineering at Battersea, but transferred to Hotel & Catering course after first year. They graduated in 1961.
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