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TitleOral history interview with Mr Anthony Barnes on 14 October 2015
Date14 October 2015
Extent1 wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Leech, Graham
Barnes, Anthony
DescriptionInterview conducted by Graham Leech.

00:00-01:18: Introduction

01:18-02:07: Why Battersea? Anthony Barnes [AB] recalls his father studied at Battersea before him

02:07-03:46: Recollections of his father's time at Battersea; recalls elderly lecturer, Mr Edmunds

03:46-05:49: First impressions of Battersea: mentions age of main building; recalls older Polish students, possibly former air force; recalls lecturers: Mr Peck, Mr Davis, Senior Engineer, and Mr Simmons taught electricity and magnets

05:49-10:01: Impressions of campus and London: describes Battersea Main Building and Edwin Tate Library; recalls proximity to Battersea Park; mentions University Senior Training Corps for students; mentions bomb damage, protective mesh on train windows; smog; street lights in Purley Way

10:01-11:17: Accommodation: recalls commuting to Battersea; mentions War Office Selection Boards

11:17-13:08: Exams: mentions national service in Stoughton Barracks; describes excavator course, Ripon, Yorkshire

13:08-13:47: Student demographic: Polish Air Force; Hotel and Catering Course

13:47-14:31: Food: catering provided by Hotel and Catering Course students

14:31-18:28: Typical day: mathematics, Mr Peck; Hampton Grammar; work load; national service in Malaya

18:28-24:45: Leisure time: badminton (sports); talks in Institution of Civil [Engineers?], Oscar Faber and Mr Hiley; rivalry with Chelsea Polytechnic; Gilbert and Sullivan performances

24:45-26:50: Staff: Mr Mann, electronics lecturer; Mr Gleed, brake drums for Churchill tanks

26:50-27:38: Studying during war: focus on physics, doodlebugs

27:38-29:59: Graduation: Imperial institute; examinations held there too; Royal Albert Hall

29:59-30:35: Commuting; Audrey Stokes, engineer

30:35-35:39: After University: National Service; Stoughton Barracks, Guildford; sapper training; Hog's Back; excavator course, Ripon

35:39-36:45: Impressions of University of Surrey: more buildings; satellites; no more blackboards; computers.

36:45-41:23: Anything else to add? Mr Gleed, workshop; Barnes gave lecture to Institute of Civil Engineers on King George VI Reservoir, Staines

41:23-43:17: Benefits of Battersea education: toolbox of career

43:25: End.
Administrative HistoryAnthony Barnes graduated from Battersea Polytechnic in 1947, having joined in 1944; studied Intermediate Engineering which ended up as Civil Engineering.
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