Kingscott, Judith (4 of 12). Oral History of Oral History
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2010-03-15, 2010-04-19, 2010-05-17, 2010-06-21, 2010-07-26, 2010-09-13
Kingscott, Judith, 1939- (speaker, female)
Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)
Part 4: [Session three: 17 May 2010] Recaps on previous interviews. Archaeology and history departments at university didnt agree all the time. Did fieldwork in holidays, went to Crickley Hill in Gloucestershire. Would camp, it was run by an archaeology lecturer at Nottingham. Gives details. The dig itself was a mile away. The camp buildings had been set up for the Americans who were wounded after the D-Day landings; there were just one or two huts left. It was pre history, a fort on the end of a promontory. Describes the dig, theyd been there for a number of years. [08:00] Only had to go one year, the course was not practical. There was no practical teaching of archaeology at all, was expected to learn on digs in the summer. Chose a site in Humberside called Winterton. It had been dug by a local man for years. Hed dug through the Roman period and was down to the Romano-British period when she was there. He was not trained and taught himself on site. He had a batch of students from Sheffield University, Got £5 a day which was brilliant. Spent most of it on lodging with an old lady in the village. [11:30] There was an expectation that you went on one dig during the degree, between the second and third year. Later could do a separate archaeology degree, had to be on a joint course in her time, with geography, history or ancient history. There were six doing history and archaeology, the two didnt connect, ancient history had some overlap. They were separated within the university. Archaeology was in an old building on campus, it had the museum in it. History was in the main university building, they were close together. [14:20] More details of the course[19:53] It was more difficult being a mature student as didnt stay on campus in the evenings, most of the others lived in halls of residence. One girl came from Gloucestershire and was also called Kingscott. The medical centre kept writing to her by mistake, she had left after the first term. The social side is important, didnt see anyone much after lectures, you didnt get involved in groups or societies. Was Treasurer of the Archaeological Society in the last year, arranged trips. Made t-shirts with lurid emblems. [24:00] Graduated in 1980-83. felt privileged not to be in the situation the youngsters were in of the milk round going to employment fairs and trying to get signed up. Didnt have to find a job straight away. The Chancellor of the university was Sir Gordon Hobday, a relative of her husband. They had lost touch but go for tea now. Humphrey Littleton got an honorary degree the same day. Gordon lives in Newstead Abbey Park, (Lord Byron lived there). Gordon Hobday was born in Sawley, rose in the ranks at Boots after graduating from Nottingham. Ended up chairman and MD of Boots and eventually became Chancellor. He was an executive of ATV television in Nottingham, he was Lord Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire at the time, and he was knighted. More details of his life. [29:52] She got the degree and came back knowing she could work with husband at the translation agency. It was no longer his own business so wasnt too keen. (Saw a job advertised for a group looking at child care services for Nottinghamshire to investigate other practices and choose the best for Nottinghamshire this was after leaving husbands firm, prior to University).
Life story interview with Judith Kingscott, former oral history lead at Nottinghamshire Libraries.