Papers of Moira Bisset
Student of The Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science, 1941 to 1945
Reference codes, titles and dates of Archive
Reference Code: GB 1847 DC19 MB
Title: Moira Bisset (nee Todd) Collection
Date of creation of material: 1941-1945
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 9 items
Name of Creator: Moira Bisset (nee Todd).
Biographical history: Moira Bisset, nee Todd, attended The Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science (Incorporated), Glasgow, Scotland from 1941 to 1945. She received her Group I Diploma in June 1945 which was presented by HRH Princess Elizabeth. In 1944 Moira was one of the students who volunteered to go to London to help with the war effort.
In October 1944 students from Scotland’s three Domestic Science Colleges - Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen - volunteered to go to London to cook for the builders, joiners, masons and slaters who were repairing the blitzed property. This was all part of Scotland’s response to the urgent fly-bomb repair needs of damaged London when many workers crossed the border to take part in the reconstruction of the city. The Dough School sent 99 girls in all (the largest amount sent).
Moira leaving for London in 1944 -seated front row, bottom right
“The second contingent of “Dough-school” girls - 23 of them - who have volunteered to go to London to prepare meals for Scottish workmen engaged there repairing blitzed property, left Central Station, Glasgow, this morning [2 November 1944]. The girls are students at the Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science. They are not all Scots, however. Two of the contingent are Londoners - (“we get a better education in Scotland” they say) - and there are also Irish girls in the group. In charge of the party is Miss McWilliam, teacher at the College. She told an “Evening Times” reporter that the girls were tremendously excited at the prospect of going to London - “Many of them will be seeing London for the first time.” The girls will remain in London for three weeks and afterwards they will be relieved by another contingent from the Glasgow College. In London they will be billeted in a hostel.”
[The Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science. Cuttings Book: 1944-59, p1]
Moria went on to teach domestic science at various times in her working life, her first job being at Hamiliton Academy, Scotland in 1946.
Archival history: Retained by Moira Bisset.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Moira Bisset, May 2007.
What is in the Archive
Scope and Content abstract: The collection contains sewing items which were part of Moira's course work and 2 photographs.
- Hand stitched children's garments (3)
- Hand stitched label holder and embroidered lap-bag
- Embroidery landscape in frame
- Woven scarf
- Group photograph of students going to London, 1944
- Class photograph, 1945
- Diploma Day invitation, 28 September 1945 (Diplomas presented by HRH The Princess Elizabeth)
Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information: This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 1847 procedures.
Accrual: None expected.
System of Arrangement: The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received.
Getting & using the Archive
Conditions Governing Access: Open by arrangement with the Archivist.
Copyright/Conditions Governing Reproduction: Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.
Language of Material: English.
Physical Characteristics: None which affect the use of this material.
Finding Aids: Handlist to item level.
Other collections of similar subject matter
Location of Originals: This material is original.
Existence of Copies: No known copies.
Related units of description: Part of Glasgow Caledonian University Research Collections -
Publication note: None to date.
Carole McCallum (University Archivist)
Telephone - +44 (0)141 273 1188
Email - C.McCallum@gcal.ac.uk
Notes relating to the preparation of this description
Description Compilation Details: Compiled by Carole McCallum, University Archivist, 25 May 2007.
27 November, 2009
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