Ref NoRMB/27
TitleOral history interview with Mr James Lever on 30 June 2015
Date30 June 2015
Extent1 wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Singh, Sarah
Lever, James
DescriptionInterview conducted by Sarah Singh.

00:00-00:42: Introduction

00:42-06:22: Why Battersea? failed Imperial College entrance exam; student apprenticeship with Stewarts and Lloyds, sent to Battersea College for sandwich course; recalls rented accommodation in Herne Hill; worked for Stewarts and Lloyds at Bilston in the holidays

06:22-14:46: Metallurgy: late for lectures, Chris Walker; slow buses; lecture based with some practical sessions; busy timetable; pyjama dance at Battersea College; recalls mixing with nurses at Chelsea College; Grove Tavern public house opposite Battersea College; bowling in Streatham; took notes in lectures and wrote them up using text books; mechanical engineering students, motorbikes

14:46-23:31: Accommodation: rented accommodation in Herne Hill; telephone calls home every weekend; census; moved to flat in Gubyon Avenue with Polish family; room at Young Women's Christian Association in Wolverhampton during industrial placement

23:31-46:55: Industrial Placement with Stewarts and Lloyds: analysed slags and steels; managed guides for exhibition on steel; Spelling blast furnaces in Bilston; most of placement spent in melting shop; brick layer strike 1968; Harlan Thompson

46:55-52:22: Academic course: learnt more on academic side; practical side provided experience of working with people

52:22-59:45: Move to Guildford: no opportunity to try new halls of residence; contrasts life on campus; tiered lecture halls; new equipment in laboratories; final project

59:45-01:09:57: Results: all final year results counted towards degree; metallurgical dissertation; general studies module, industrial law; Joe McCoby, thermodynamics; Don Ferris, metal extraction; Guildford Law School

01:10:02 - End
Administrative HistoryJames Lever studied Metallurgy from 1965 to 1969.
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