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TitleOral history interview with Mr Len Davis on 30 June 2015
Date30 June 2015
Extent1 Wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Buckland, Amintha
Davis, Len
DescriptionInterview conducted by Amintha Buckland.

00:00-00:30 : Introduction

00:30-01:43: Choice of course and place of study: describes A-level results; recalls Northampton Poly didn't do physics; met Dr Elton at Battersea and gained a place

01:43-03:16: First impressions of Battersea College: overwhelming; busy; teaching, laboratories, lectures, seminars; small class sizes

03:16-06:43: Industrial Placement: sandwich course, diploma in technology; mentions Atomic Energy Authority placement in Scotland

06:43-15:40: Socialising: recalls debate relating to religious and political societies, mentions Dr Ralph West; recalls student killed at motto club rally, mentions Dr Leggett;
Sport: discusses number of teams, rugby, football, hockey;
Dances: recalls visiting bands, Johnny Dankworth, Chris Barber, Kenny Bowl, Acker Bilk; recalls gender balance, girls visited from teacher training colleges; working with University of London Union

15:40-20:19: College rivalries: Chelsea; annual boat race between bridges, article in Sunday Times; flour fight at Ralph West tower hall of residents, near Albert Bridge, Chris Gillis has Daily Telegraph; waterbomb dropped on police car; rugby match against St Edmund Hall, Oxford

20:19-25:26: Students' Union presidency; describes support from student body; mentions posters and banner; describes students' union office; mentions weekly meetings in Battersea Great Hall; recalls motion to raise union fees, Dr Leggett; former president Dick Bean

25:26-32:29: Student accommodation: describes hall of residence by Clapham Common; mentions rented accommodation; describes food; technical drawing classes in Putney; describes Hotel and Catering Restaurant; mentions alcohol on campus; friends with dietetics student, only male on course

32:29-35:43: Spare time: parties in rented accommodation; hitch hiked in France and Africa; student scarves; college mascot, Alando, model bear; student magazine, Batchat, printed weekly

35:43-37:56: International students; International Evening; thai dancing; Manor House Girls catering college, flapper style dance number at college hop

37:56-41:37: Staff: Dr Elton very good lecturer; Dr Harlow, thermodynamics; Jim Holler; 25 hours of lectures a week

41:37-50:41: Additional details: Battersea wasn't a wealthy area; felt part of community; final project on semiconductors; junior common room, full of cigarette smoke; poker school; Cartwright Garden riot, protest against American presence in Vietnam; collecting money for charity; RAG days

50:45 - End
Administrative HistoryLen Davis studied Physics, gaining a Diploma in Technology in 1962.
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