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Oral history project

Oral history project

1957 ceremony with a cow

The Worcester Spirit: Stories from the campus 1946 to 2016

In 1946 the City of Worcester Teacher Training College opened for the first time as an emergency training college to meet the demand for qualified teachers in a post-war Britain. Initially operating out of three single story Air Ministry buildings with a cohort of 240 demobilised servicemen and women, the college is now one of the fastest growing Universities in the UK with over 10,000 students, internationally recognised research and outstanding world-class facilities.

As part of our 70th anniversary celebrations we wanted to capture the voices and memories of those who have studied, worked and lived here over the past seven decades. The Worcester Spirit is an oral history project conducted by the University of Worcester that explores 70 years of teaching excellence and captures the stories and memories from the campus.

The interviews were conducted over a period of 10 months by a small team of staff and current students and reflect stories from each decade since the institution first opened. As well as providing personal accounts of campus life, the interviews also make reference to the changes in higher education across the UK and the key decisions that transformed a small teacher training college into the University that exists today.

Friends studying education outside in the summer of 1976

The interviews

Recent graduates, Lecturers, Governors, Administrative staff and fellows of the University were interviewed for the project. Including 103 year-old Leslie Broughton, who was one of the very first students on the campus in 1946, and former Miss India and Bollywood actress Swaroop Sampat. 

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The Methodology

The interview procedures were in keeping with the guidelines set by the Oral History Society.

More to come

Many more interviews and excerpts will be available on this page shortly.  Please do keep checking back for updates.