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TitleOral history interview with Mr David Peacock on 14 January 2016
Date14 January 2016
Extent2 Wav files
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Cheeseman, Rona
Peacock, David
DescriptionInterview conducted by Rona Cheeseman.
No transcript was made of this recording.

Part One

00:00-00:34: Introduction

00:34-01:11: Why Battersea? recalls apprenticeship with Napier; lived in Ealing with parents

01:11-02:06: First impressions: describes Main Building; mentions Bob Battersby, porter

02:06-02:23: Friends from college: recalls regular reunions

02:23-03:08: Sandwich Course: 6 months on 6 months off; mentions Dr Leggett

03:08-03:47: Memorable staff: mentions Polish lecturers, Peter Neodovnik [Miodownik?], Joe Mackoviak [Mackowiak];

03:47-05:33: International Students: recalls first interactions with Indians; describes International Evening, mentions Paul Rogers; recalls Going Down ball and mentions Metallurgy society events

05:33-06:30: Student Newspaper: describes role as sub-editor under Mervyn Davies, wrote series of articles, 'Londoners'; remembers produced special editions, sometimes around Students' Union elections

06:30-07:17: Sport: didn't really play sport; mentions playing Carom board game in common room

07:17-08:54: Value of international community: recalls broadened experience of people; recalls industrial training at Wolverhampton, mentions Indian students; mentions trip to Italy with Metallurgy society

08:54-11:00: Food: describes Green Café; introduced to beer by Joe Walker, visited The Eagle public house, recalls drinking contests; remembers visiting London clubs

11:00-11:40: Music: developed appreciation of classical music; remembers Paul Rogers and jazz bands

11:40-13:00: Socialising: describes limited finances; mentions first date with future wife, Marion, studying nursing with Ray Winterburn's sister, needed a date for a college ball

13:00-13:46: Finances: paid by Napier during course; describes first four years living at home with parents; rented accommodation in fourth year

13:46-15:08: Accommodation: [telephone rings] describes rented accommodation in three storey house, shared with Joe Walker and Ray Winterburn; short bicycle ride to college

15:08-16:21: After Graduation: meant to return to Napier, but had been taken over by Rolls Royce who closed local plant; moved into titanium industry until retirement in 2000, consulted for six years

16:21 - End

Part Two

00:00-07:58: College environment: describes impact of environment; mentions Peter Miodovnik [Miodownik?], lecturer; describes weekend trips to Moor Park, Farnham; mentions Joe Macoviak [Mackowiak] ; mentions Jim Moore, industrial coordinator; describes liberal studies course, John Frayn head of department, recalls lectures from Roy Douglas and Margaret Westwood; describes relationship with lecturers; describes increase in confidence in public speaking; mentions value of participating in Students' Union

07:58-10:08: Weekend trips: describes visits to Moor Park, Farnham, organised by liberal studies departments; mentions Joe Walker, Mervyn Davis, Paul Rogers; recalls philosophical discussions

10:08-13:08: Humorous Anecdotes: recalls Paul Rogers driving hired Mini car to Farnham; describes theatre and cinema trips to central London, mentions Kenneth Williams and Fenella Fielding; remembers producing show for University of London Union

13:08-16:55: University of London Union: describes relationship with their students; explains Diploma of Technology was not recognised as degree; describes Battersea community; praises Battersea Students' Union; describes Head of the Lake competition, Roy Winterburn; mentions RAG week, Mervyn Davies

16:55-19:50: Why Metallurgy? Describes practical focus; mentions evening classes in Engineering and Higher National Certificate at Acton Technical College; mentions Gordon Swinyard at Acton; describes apprenticeship at Napier; mentions taking evening classes in Chemistry at Wandsworth College to catch up at Battersea

19:50-22:50: Timetable: Lectures all day 9am to 5pm; mentions revising for fourth year examination for an hour before breakfast; mentions degree result; describes role of apprentice supervisor at Napier; felt Battersea was very structured and disciplined

22:50-25:04: Battersea facilities: describes laboratory equipment as basic but adequate; mentions Peter Miodovnik [Miodownik?]; describes Great Hall at Battersea, mentions Oscar Film Club in Great Hall, mentions 'High Society'

25:04-26:33: Health and Safety in Labs: Not much at Battersea; None in Acton College of Technology; describes handling acid and lack of safety equipment; doesn't remember accidents

26:33-28:50: Links with industry: mentions head of department Les Derry; mentions tutor Jim Moore; felt metallurgy students were equipped to work in most industries, wide variety of skills

28:50-30:50: Fashion: one suit for special occasions; remembers male students wore trousers, shirts and sweaters; never bought a college scarf; [telephone rings]; recalls trip to Italy, Roger Farby; mentions Going Down Ball, first wore evening dress

30:50-34:30: Trip to Italy: Organised with Italian metallurgical society; week visiting Italian metallurgical companies; mentions '53 Club' for metallurgy alumni, disbanding of society held at The Eagle public house in Battersea; recalls Italy trip not organised by Battersea lecturers, stayed in hotel in Milan; mentions other tours in UK, Vauxhall plant in Luton, Stuarts & Lloyds in Corby

34:30-36:30: Romance: Roy Winterburn's sister Carol studing nursing with future wife Marion; she needed a partner for nursing ball at Empire Ballroom in Leicester Square; recalls taking Marion to Going Down ball, married her in 1964, two years after graduation

36:30-40:42: Sandwich Course: week off at Easter; Napier gave statutory holidays plus two weeks annual leave; mentions holidays in Devon; remembers University of London bicycle tour for American students

40:42-41:39: Transport: rare for students to have cars; DP's parents never had a car; first car bought after graduation, Austin Seven

41:39-44:28: Memories: kept diary of final year, mentions support of Joe Walker; remembers Roy Winterburn took photograph of 17 students who started course; recalls appreciating size of classes

44:28-46:49: Female Students: none on course; remembers some very attractive girls at Battersea, but not being distracted by them; mentions International Evening, describes photographs of performances, mentions Sibyl Tarbell

46:49 - End

Administrative HistoryDavid Peacock began studying a thin sandwich course in Metallurgy at Battersea in 1957 and graduated with a diploma in technology in 1962.
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