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TitleOral history interview with Mrs Elizabeth Tallis on 14 October 2015
Date14 October 2015
Extent1 Wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Grafton, Rebecca
Tallis, Elizabeth
DescriptionInterview conducted by Rebecca Grafton.
This recording and transcript have been edited to allow access.

00:00-03:04: Introduction: Studied at Battersea College from 1964 to 1968 with year at Philips Computer Industry, Apeldoorn, programming applications; degree in Technological Mathematics

03:04-05:25: Why Battersea College? discusses entry requirements

05:25-09:25: Accommodation: Clapham Common, Northside halls of residence; single room with bed, desk, chair and balcony; shared bathroom and toilets; shared gas ring; shared rented accommodation with Judith Lane, mathematics, and Sheila Roberts, dietetics; Williston twins, Charles Pearce

09:25-13:42: First Impressions: Old building; Freshers' Week, welcome tea party; Mr Hatton, Dr Mike Clark, Dr Keywell; parade of floats; mentions Paul Latcham; joined fencing society

13:42-19:47: Socialising: folk music club, on committee with Keith Woods, organised concert at Royal Albert Hall with The Dubliners and Pete Seeger; Secretary of Mathematics Society; Professor Arscot, Professor Williams, Mr Hatton, Lawrence Helm; folk concert at Royal Albert Hall, Julie Felix

19:47-25:01: Halls of Residence: Breakfast and evening meals in The Refectory; £57 per term; Caroline Davis on top floor; recalls roof was used to move between men's and women's accommodation; tea with resident warden once a term; walks on Clapham Common

25:01-27:16: Battersea town: Arding and Hobbs store, Clapham; annual student grant of £200

27:16-34:59: Staff: Professor Arscot, Professor Williams, Dr Owen; Mr Giles, mathematics lecturer; Dr Keywell, researching group theory; Harold Miller, retired and worked part time at Farnborough college; Dr Owen; Henryk Zygalski, Enigma code

34:59-45:29: Industrial Placement: Accommodation with a Dutch family; department of mathematical research and programming; worked on algorithm programming, presentations on the programme and its uses; mainframe computer with punch cards; placement organised by Professor Arscot at Battersea; learnt to speak Dutch and forgot English; David Maxson, Christine Johnson

45:29-52:21: After Graduation: recalls increase in confidence and organisation; retrained as teacher in 1981; organised academic courses at Farnborough College of Technology; Worcester Technical College; treasurer of two charities

52:21-55:05: Move to Guildford: Degree from University of Surrey, but only studied at Battersea College; recalsl one visit to Guildford; missed Charter Ball in 1966 because of industrial placement

55:05-58:08: Graduation: Disappointed by degree result; graduation ceremony at Westminster Hall, London; Lord Robens was chancellor; photograph of Christine Johnson and Paul Latcham; parents and brother watched

58:08-01:02:09: Valentine's Party: February 1966 to celebrate birthdays that month; photographs of Paul Latcham and Chris Johnson; New Year's Eve party with John Tallis, husband, Oxford Student; mentions Paul Latcham

01:02:09-01:09:00: Free time: mathematics lectures in morning, afternoon free to study, but usually socialised instead; college dances, folk club; The Latchmere public house; final year stayed in new Courland Grove halls of residence, ensuite washrooms, better bar; mentions Paul Latcham, President of Courland Grove Union; Mike Clark, warden of Courland Grove; mentions Mike Stanberry

01:09:00 - End
Administrative HistoryElizabeth Tallis (née Edwards) studied at Battersea from 1964 to 1968 and graduated with a degree in Technological Mathematics.
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