From Mansfield to Domesday via the Liberal Party and Les Miserables

by Stephen Tall on May 31, 2012

From the Mansfield College, Oxford (my alma mater) website:

In 1970, in his last year as a DPhil candidate at Mansfield, Peter Armstrong created a film to commemorate the retirement of our then-Principal, John Marsh. The Development team recently came across this wonderful insight into the life of the College as it was, and into the lives of those inhabiting it, at a formative time in Mansfield’s history.

And here is the film:

John Marsh (obituary here) was Principal from 1953 to 1970. He was preceded by Nathaniel Micklem, who served as Chairman of the Liberal Party from 1957-58 and was (so Wikipedia tells me) a champion of free markets. He was succeeded by GB Caird, a highly distinguished theologian, and father of John Caird, who adapted and directed the London West End production of Les Miserables.

To add to this roll-call of glitter, the director of this film, Peter Armstrong, became Head of Religious Programming at the BBC, creating Everyman, Songs of Praise and Heart of the Matter, as well as founding the BBC’s Domesday Project.