The past is a foreign country...,
This review is from: Alma Mater. Memoirs of Girton COllege, 1926-1929. (Paperback)In this short book (100 pages) the author presents a memoir of life in a women's college of Cambridge University between the wars, based on letters that she wrote to her family. Some of the topics described are timeless - the need to forge new friendships, lectures, exams, the changing seasons of university life, culminating in the need to find a job and the sadness of leaving at the end of the three years.
And yet it was clearly a very different world from today. For most of the women of Girton male students were almost a separate species, glimpsed in lecture halls, rarely if ever spoken to. Relationships between the sexes appear to have scarcely existed. Alcohol is nowhere mentioned.
There are a few photographs, but it is a shame that more could not have been found. How dowdy everyone looks.
The author went on to become a journalist and it would have been interesting to read more about her subsequent career, the start of which is just touched upon at the end of the book.