Vivienne Darling, b. 1927
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Vivienne Darling, b. 1927


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Track 1: Her background in Cork and early education. Her memories of life in a family with a long tradition of service in the Church of Ireland. Track 2: Entering Trinity as an undergraduate in the Social Sciences in 1945. Her studies in Social Sciences also involved regular visits to families in deprived areas of inner city Dublin. The restrictions of life in college for a female student at this time. Discusses the social life in college, including the ‘hops’ in the Dickson Hall and the Staff Wives, who chaperoned women students. Following graduation from Trinity, worked in London in various positions in the social care field. Track 3: Returned to Trinity in 1951 as assistant to the Director in Social Studies and was subsequently appointed Director of Practical Training and later Head of Department, remaining in this position until retirement. Also for some time Vice Warden of Trinity Hall; discussion of the role and responsibilities of the post. In 1967/8 she took sabbatical leave to undertake further social work training in Liverpool. In 1968, when women students were admitted to foundation scholarship and therefore entitled to residence in college, Ms Darling was appointed Assistant to the Dean of Women, with responsibility for chaperonage. Track 4: Discusses details of academic work in Social Studies and the inspection of the social work course by the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work in the UK. Track 5: Impressions of Trinity during her time, including memories of the numbers of ex-servicemen who enrolled after World War II, and the decline in numbers of Northern Ireland students due to the Troubles in the 1970s. Track 6: Hers was among one of the first Departments to occupy the new Arts building in the 1970s. Track 7: Memories of the student unrest in the 1970s, which caused much anxiety and tension. Discusses her abiding commitment to the achievement of full recognition and equal status for women students in the college, and for recognition of Social Studies courses as professional training in social work. Reviewing memorabilia of her family.

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Trinity College, Dublin, Collection



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48 hours

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5.28 MB, 13.25 MB, 26.71 MB, 11.35 MB, 7.90 MB, 7.15 MB

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Senior Lecturer in Social Work

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Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore