Document Reference NumberULA/D17
Acc No2002/1
TitleSylvia Dowling letters, 1955-1959
DescriptionLetters, photographs and associated material illustrating student life at the University of Leicester in the 1950s
ArrangementThe records have been arranged as follows:
1. Letters
2. Photographs
3. Miscellaneous
AdminHistorySylvia Dowling, who came from Preston, Lancashire, was a student at the University College of Leicester and the University of Leicester 1955-59. She spent one year doing Intermediate Latin and then three years as an undergraduate in the History Department. During her time at Leicester she wrote home to her parents at least once a week and her letters give a detailed account of student life in Hall at that time. As Sylvia Dowling put it herself: 'they do give a picture of the Spartan boarding-school life we led at the original College Hall, where women had to find a fellow-student as a chaperone before they could visit the doctor, kitchens were occasionally closed because of rats, and insulation with hardboard panels brought the winter temperature of the study-bedrooms up from 47F to 53F.'
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