Most recordings are interviews with former students and members of staff, made from 1981 onwards and covering memories of the College 1910-2001. Subjects include application and admission procedures, accommodation, academic work and teaching, social and sporting life, discipline, fees, dress and food. Single sex education is a major subject (St Hilda’s was women only until 2008), including early isolation from male company and interviews with the last all female year.
There are also recordings of events, especially the Founder’s Day Dinner and Gaudies 1981-1997. The Archive is beginning to collect recordings of podcasts related to St Hilda’s.
100 audio cassette recordings and 10-15 on other media, the majority now digitised as WAV files. There are outline catalogue entries for all, with detailed cataloguing and indexing of content ongoing slowly.