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TitleOral history interview with Mr Tony Turner on 14 January 2016
Date14 January 2016
Extent2 wav files
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Hogan, Teresa
Turner, Tony
DescriptionInterview conducted by Teresa Hogan.
No transcript was made of this recording.

Part One

00:00-01:15: Introduction

01:10-02:28: Why Battersea College? Left school at 16, employed in industrial laboratory, completed A-levels part-time at Acton Technical College; began degree part-time at Birkbeck College, transferred to Battersea Polytechnic full time

02:28-03:00: Accommodation: Clapham Common halls of residence; married in summer of second year, moved to Raynes Park

03:00-05:34: Returning to Study: recalls day release studies and evening classes at Acton college of technology; recalls most Chemistry students were older; International students, Polish, mentions George Lucachefski [Lutiskevski?], Middle Eastern

05:34-06:34: Food: meals supplied in halls; discusses finances, full student grant from Middlesex County Council

06:34-07:39: Accommodation: describes Clapham Common halls of residence; men and women segregated

07:39-11:24: Socialising: mentions Peter Gaffney, running entertainment for hall; recalls mixed dining room; remembers female wardens, including Jane Rool; remembers played cards

11:24-12:30: Alcohol: no bar in halls of residence; mostly socialised each other's rooms

12:30-13:45: 1950s: not much money; recalls overseas students were more affluent

13:45-17:50: Course structure: covered maths, biology, physics and chemistry in first year; second year dropped biology and maths; remembers five day week 9am-5pm; two half days of laboratory work a week; recalls delay in arrival of grant to pay for laboratory weights at start of term; mentions biology lectures and practicals; mentions degree results

17:50-20:00: Memorable staff: mentions Professor Salmon, head of department; Dr Lee, physical chemistry lecturer, footballer; Dr Griffiths, very likable; Dr John Redfern, younger member of staff, trained as a teacher

20:00-22:22: Wife: childhood sweethearts, met wife at age 11, dating from 13; she left school at 16 to train to be a teacher; married while still a student, rented accommodation Raynes Park; she was working then and studying part time with Birkbeck College

22:22-24:10: Spare time in Halls: sometimes went home at weekends; saw girlfriend; sport, played football Wednesday and Saturdays

24:10-25:30: Cricket: returned to college to play for their team, didn't play for Battersea; Lords cricket ground in 1948

25:30-27:56: Graduated in 1957: held at Royal Albert Hall, mother came to ceremony; mentions George Lutiskevski; mentions Queen Mother

27:56-29:26: After Graduation: George Lutiskevski stayed on to do Doctoral Degree; recalls leaving Battersea College to complete teacher training, taught at Thames Valley Grammar School, Twickenham from 1958 for 3 years; offered doctoral degree place by George Lutiskevski

29:26-31:50: Doctoral Degree: inorganic chemistry, ion exchange studies; financed by Atomic Energy Authority; mentions Professor Salmon; finished research in December 1964, returned to teaching in 1965 at Harrow mixed Grammar school

31:50-32:04: Doctoral Degree workload: fulltime research at Battersea, with supervisors Dr Genge and Professor Salmon;

32:04-34:30: Move to Guildford: planning had begun, but didn't know much about it; recalls competition between Battersea and Chelsea colleges to become a university; recalls tension at college during 1962-3 relating to Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis

34:30-35:22: 1960s: missed the famous liberation of the decade; got married, bought a house in Croydon; mentions limited finances; mentions birth of four children

35:22-40:12: Contrast between Undergraduate degree and Doctoral degree: discussing Doctoral teaching and support; recalls help from Professor Salmon in writing up research; remembers writing up thesis whilst working full time; graduated in 1968

40:12-44:01: Teaching: applied for teacher education post at University of West Indies, Jamaica, in 1969; went with whole family for five years; developed science curriculum for schools there; returned to UK in 1974, employment at Nuffield Science Centre, Institute of Education

44:01-44:56: Why career choice? Recalls being overawed by teachers at school; first in family to have degree

44:56-47:16: Why Decided to Study? Encouraged by his wife; she left school to fund training to become an educational psychologist;

47:16-50:12: Doctoral Degree process: mostly worked alone; mentions friendship with other students; mentions Eddie King and wife, Margaret King

50:12-51:08: Further connections with Surrey: nothing after doctoral degree

51:08-53:50: Doctoral Degree Graduation: Royal Albert Hall; University of London qualification, viva was with University of London staff; recalls never visited University of Surrey until son came to study there

53:50-56:55: Undergraduate Degree: Bachelors of Science awarded by University of London; discusses Battersea's changes of name; recalls commuting to college in 1956 smog down Queen's Town Road; mentions pollution from Battersea Power Station and railways

56:55-01:03:03: Memories from 1950s: remembers little café, moussaka served with chips; discusses clash of football and physics practicals on Wednesday afternoons; describes activities of University of London Air Squadron, mentions Chipmunk planes, mentions Biggin Hill; describes trip for week in Cornwall, St Eval aerodrome

01:03:03-01:05:44: International influences: not involved in Students' Union affairs; mentions role in operatic society, sang in chorus with Ashford Grammar School, joined college Gilbert & Sullivan society with Lionel Cousins and Bill Wright

01:05:44-01:20:34 Photographs: describes looking at photographs in scrap book;
mentions University of London Air Squadron, gender roles, summer camp 1956, Norman Crossland, names RAF staff;
describes 'Yeoman of the Guard' play in Main Hall at Battersea, Dr West's wife was lead in play;
describes Clapham Common hall of residence 1956 Christmas Party, mentions Peter Gaffney, Mike Harmsworth;
mentions graduation ceremony;
describes newspaper article, May 1958, concerning increases in number of students;
mentions Queen Mother and Dr Logan;
describes photographs of football teams at Merton sports fields, mentions Roy Dowsett, Dr Lee, Dr Griffiths, mentions science department football team

01:20:34 - End

Part Two

00:00-02:48: Employment: mentions employment with Meta Filtratrion Company in Hounslow after leaving school; describes meeting in 1953 with Mr Kovio

02:51 - End
Administrative HistoryTony Turner studied at Battersea between 1954 and 1957 for a Diploma in Technology in Chemistry. He returned to Battersea in 1962 for a PhD in Chemistry, finishing research in December 1964 and graduating in November 1968.
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