Alumni Oral Histories – Bath Spa University

Alumni Oral Histories

Newton Park was founded in 1945 and was one of the first institutions to respond to the post-World War II call for more teachers. Since then, Education Studies have been at the heart of Bath Spa. Have a closer look at some of our alums' fascinating experiences.

This project is a collaboration between two staff and a first-year student from the School of Education at Bath Spa University. It came out of conversations with students of the University who trained to be teachers at the then Newton Park College in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. 

We invited these alumni back for a day to talk to our current Education students. They got to hear first-hand what it was like to be a student then and shared with our visitors what aspects of student life, teaching and learning have changed and what has stayed much the same.

As part of the project, our students explored the Newton Park archives, including photographs, documents, newsletters and past students’ work.

"After my studies, using Yellow Pages, I found myself teaching at Mona Prep school in Kingston (Jamaica), where I actually even taught Mr Seagar’s son. He was the Prime Minister."

"Over fifty years on, the friends I made at college are still my friends. Now all in our 70s, we feel very "with it" using our mobile phones, WhatsApp, FaceTime and Zoom. What a different life it has become."

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