John Charnley: social life at the RAE

John Charnley discusses the varied social life at Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, in the 1950 and 1960s.

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What was RAE social life like?

Very active. Oh yeah. Would you regard life at a university active socially? It was there for you if you wanted it. RAE was like that. There was everything. It was very much that sort of a place. Now whatever you wanted, tennis – on the sports side, tennis, football, rugby, table tennis, badminton, squash, all of those things. On the culture side, cinema, art, art classes. Socially, dancing, bridge – indoor games, bridge, chess. Now of those, of all that lot, my wife and I – very keen dancers, certainly modern dancing, enjoyed it enormously. And I played chess. I played rugby, cricket. Enjoyed the technical society, which arranged trips here, there and everywhere, outside speakers coming in and talking on subjects that were not near RAE’s interests. And there was the film society, which again we were – so yes, it – they were all there. And acting, acting – dramatic society. So you name it, it was there.

  • Interviewee John Charnley
  • Duration 00:01:40
  • Copyright British Library Board
  • Interviewer Thomas Lean
  • Date of interview 11/19/2010
  • Shelfmark C1379/30

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