Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)UB/HMA/D/1
TitleIncident books
Extent20 volumes
DescriptionSequence of incident log books primarily kept by members of the Senior Common Room staff resident in Mason Hall who acted as duty tutors during evenings and weekends in term time, but including an incident book apparently kept by hall porters which contains occasional entries made between 1966 and 1978. The main sequence of incident log books covers the period 1975 to 2006, when Mason hall closed as a hall of residence, though the incident log book for 2001 is missing. The log books record the date, name of the person on duty, and a description of the incident and any action taken. Accounts by the duty tutor made during David Rolf's presidency, between 1985 and 1994, include his marginal comments.

Incidents largely involve noise, accidental damage to and vandalism of hall property, maintenance and security issues, disturbances by non-residents, thefts and break-ins, misuse of fire alarms, fire hoses, and fire extinguishers, drunken behaviour, and illness and injury caused by excessive alcohol consumption, and occasional medical emergencies. Incident books from the late 1970s contain a number of references to incidents involving women students and intruders, 'prowlers' and 'peeping toms', as well as reports of indecent exposure. There are several entries recording thefts of purses and chequebooks during the 1979-1980 academic session, and evidence of concerns about attempted assaults on women students in the area around the hall of residence during the same period. Other frequently reported incidents include car thefts, and an increasing number of incidents of mugging or assaults on students during the 1990s and 2000s, mostly off hall premises. From the 1990s, there are occasional comments about students smoking cannabis in the hall, and references increase in frequency in the 2000s. The pastoral responsibilities of the duty tutors are reflected in substantial references to or descriptions of the physical, emotional, and mental health of individual students throughout the period covered by the incident books.

Much less detail is recorded from the academic session 2004-2005 onwards. The log books contain occasional comments about the lack of cleaning in non-residential areas, the lack of repairs and the general deterioration of the hall premises during the academic session 2005-2006, presumably because the hall was due to close and the buildings were scheduled to be demolished.

These incident log books provide a snapshot of student life and experience in Mason Hall, particularly from the mid 1970s to the early 2000s, but are currently closed under Data Protection regulations because they contain sensitive personal information about named living individuals
NotesSee file records for closure periods imposed on individual incident log books
Access StatusOpen


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