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TitleOral history interview with Stephanie Marshall on 14 October 2015
Date14 October 2015
Extent1 wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
England, Lauren
Marshall, Stephanie
DescriptionInterview conducted by Lauren England.

00:00-00:37: Introduction

00:37-03:13: Why Battersea College? recalls inspiration from employment in restaurant over summer; heard University of Surrey had begun Hotel and Catering degrees; draw of London; employment in hotel during summer

03:13-09:03: First impressions: big change moving to London; didn't get a place in halls of residence, rented accommodation in Clapham South, then Wandsworth; recalls writing letters home; discusses finances; mentions dried ready meals; buses into campus

09:03-11:49: Campus: mentions The Refectory; describes age of Battersea Main Building; studied catering as part of course; part of second year spent in industry; food preparation

11:49-15:26: Memorable people: Kirsten Fortin; Michael Fowler, food service lecturer; very skilled professionals; less aware of diet; recipes with lots of cream, butter and eggs; took turns as chef in hotel and catering restaurant;

15:26-17:49: Modules: accountancy; law; sociology; French; food science; economics, Philip Nailon

17:49-22:25: Industrial Placement: Easter of second year until summer term of third year; Forte and Company; £10 a week; chambermaid at Hotel Russell, Russell Square; housekeeping and reception at Waldorf Hotel, Aldwych; Cafe Royal, Piccadilly; Excelsior Hotel at London Airport; Serpentine Restaurant, Hyde Park; Blue Boar Inn, Leicester Square; kitchens in Royal Festival Hall; great experience

22:25-24:32: Jobs: work placement with Forte and Company led to first job; training officer at The Excelsior Hotel, London Airport

24:32-28:52: London: Flat near Sloane Street, 137 bus to Battersea; describes 1960s; parties in rented accommodation, mentions public houses; recalls gender imbalance at Battersea

28:52-36:01: University Events: Rag week; tiddlywinks race from Hyde Park Corner to Piccadilly; collected money for charity; arts festival, spring 1967, concert at Royal Festival Hall; folk concert at Royal Albert Hall; canvassing to join students' union committee; debates with Graduate Student Management Society; London University Officer Training Corps

36:01-42:15: Career choice: hard for women to get into hotel management; personal training; decimalisation; moved to mini-hotel post houses; Jeremy Logie, Battersea alumnus

42:15-46:40: Hotel and Catering Industry: many large companies; developing more modern systems; lots of new hotels; Graduate Student Management Society; Hotel and Catering Institute, Elizabeth Gansby

46:40-51:57: Memories: visit to Marks and Spencer's test kitchens, very hygienic; Grosvenor House, Park Lane; move to Guildford in October 1969; Pickard House halls, Battersea, description of room

51:57-55:44: Guildford campus: no need to leave campus; easy to get into London; cinema in town and public houses

55:44-01:00:52: Fashion: Mini-skirts; Mary Quant, Bieber; Dollyrockers; made own clothes; not very fashion conscious, not much money; uniforms for work

01:00:52-01:06:34: Part time work: emphasis on increased experience; job during Wimbledon tennis tournament, quiet on stalls during matches, so could watch; summer job in Swiss hotel; bar in Twickenham during rugby matches

01:06:36 - End
Administrative HistoryStephanie Marshall studied Hotel and Catering, beginning at Battersea in 1966 and graduating from Guildford in 1970.
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