QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 82 - Page 30

Development News Memories of Atholl Crescent Before her death, at the age of 97, Rosamund Berry (nee Gregory) shared her memories of her time as a student at Atholl Crescent in the 1930s. M y room was a cubicle in the attic which was equipped with a wash basin, slop pail and of course only cold water - it was the 1930s! After a short while, I was one of the lucky ones to be moved to the new hostel, Lorne House, in Drumsheugh Gardens where we were allowed baths more than once a week. Laundry was our main subject for the first two terms and we also went to Moray House for Method of Teaching and Psychology – very cold walks down the Royal Mile with no anoraks or warm boots in those days! The highlight of our Plain Class Cookery lessons was inviting Miss Wingfield, the Principal, for lunch. Miss Wingfield was not a distant figure as one may expect. She made a point of getting to know the teachers in training and even attended our annual hostel dance where it was customary to introduce our partners to her. As well as intensive work during the week we had much enjoyment on Saturdays at the sports field at Corstorphine, playing lacrosse or hockey in the winter and tennis or cricket in the summer – we once invited the men from the Veterinary College to play cricket and they gallantly played left handed! After eight terms we had earned the Teachers Diploma 1. However, to complete the three year training and thus receive a better salary, I undertook one term of High Class Cookery where we spent four hours preparing our test dinners. Our three years at College was a time of hard work, when only the best would do, giving us a pattern for life, lifelong friendships and other varied interests. ❒ We’d love to hear your memories of your time at QMU, whether it was the days of Atholl Crescent like Rosamund, or more recent memories of life at Corstorphine or maybe even Musselburgh. Contact the QMU alumni team at E: alumni@qmu.ac.uk 32 QMYOU / Development News Lacrosse team 1933-34