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TitleOral history interview with Mrs Jill Ward on 30 June 2015
Date30 June 2015
Extent1 wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Hogan, Teresa
Ward, Jill
DescriptionInterview conducted by Teresa Hogan.

00:00-00:41: Introduction

00:41-01:58: Why Battersea College? Explains interest in cooking at school, advised by teacher to apply to Battersea College, accepted without A levels; stayed at home with parents

01:58-02:52: First Impressions: recalls friendly reception and contrast to atmosphere of school

02:52-03:37: Commuting: train, bus or bicycle from Dulwich

03:37-05:37: Timetable: full schedule of lectures, 9am until 5pm; description of course content; catering institutions; description of class sizes

05:37-06:01: Comparison to school: personal responsibility, team spirit

06:01-08:04: Entertainment: description of dances, jazz club; explanation of role in drama society; reference to Country Dancing Club; details of ice skating club

08:04-09:27: Hotel and Catering Restaurant: description of how it was run by students; Black Forest Gateau, prawn cocktail

09:27-11:14: 1950s: discussion of fashion; mention of music at dances, rock and roll

11:14-11:51: Campus Facilities: mentions library; describes kitchen and classrooms

11:51-13:02: RAG weeks and Chelsea College: describes rivalry with Chelsea College; attempts to steal mascots; flour fights

13:02-14:22: Food: lunches in general cafeteria (The Refectory); description of coffee shop near to station and public house across the road from the college

14:22-19:00: Industrial Placements: Imperial Chemical Industries offices in London, placement in restaurant kitchen; description of tasks in different departments of restaurant; describes placement at Noble House; kept notes to write dissertation on placements

19:00-19:25: Graduation: does not remember much of event

19:25-22:12: Student Life: describes training in student hostel, practising housekeeping; pretended to be ill to go to Chelsea Flower Show; description of work ethic, stopped being a girl guide

22:12-26:05: Fashion: Photographs; description of clothes worn, scarves, full skirts, jumpers; men in shirts and ties; description of photograph of ice skating club; photograph of party

26:05-27:28: Battersea Park: regularly used; mention of Fun Fairs and rides

27:28-31:19: Finances: Student grant, mentions interview with London County Council for funding; lived at home with parents; mentions part time work at Imperial Chemical Industries; family holidays in the United Kingdom

31:23 - End
Administrative HistoryMrs Jill Ward (née Hardy) studied Institutional Management at Battersea from 1955 to 1958.
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