MC:P169 Memoirs of Horace Stanley Richardson (d. 1979)
This document was given to the archives by Richardson’s son David in July 2001 as Accession No. 01/140.
Catalogued in September 2001.
Extracts from the memoirs of Horace Stanley Richardson (d. 1979), relating to the years he spent as a College servant at Magdalen in 1929–39. He worked mainly in the buttery.
Richardson gives a vivid and unusually candid account of College life from this period, as seen from a servant’s point of view. His memories include the servants’ daily round, College Balls, Eights Week (and Bumps suppers), the Christmas entertainment, St. Giles’ Fair, student rags, and relations between scouts and Fellows and undergraduates. Richardson was a member of the Labour Party, and he also describes his political activities, which included attempts to stimulate union activity in the College. He also gives a detailed account of the 1938 Oxford by-election.