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Oxford Women in Computing: An Oral History Project


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Comprises born-digital contextual documents relating to the project, covering:

  1. brief biographies of the oral history interviewees
  2. funding and other project information
  3. an overview of themes throughout the interviews

The remainder of the collection comprises born-digital audio files of interviews undertaken by Georgina Ferry in 2018, with born-digital transcripts, for the following interviewees:

  1. Leonor Barroca
  2. Carol Bateman
  3. Shirley Carter (née Lill)
  4. Jana Colchester
  5. Julia Dain
  6. Eleanor Dodson
  7. Linda Hayes (née Constable)
  8. Jill Hoare (née Pym)
  9. Susan Hockey
  10. Jennifer Scott.


  • Creation: 16 May 2018-17 Oct 2018


12 shelfmarks (12 digital shelfmarks; 25 digital items)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access


Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15797 digital 1].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 15797 digital 1-12

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15797


Oral history interviews with 10 women involved in the research, teaching and service provision of computing at the University of Oxford, between the 1950s and 1990s.

Biographical / Historical

The Oxford Women in Computing oral histories project was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through grants held by Professor Ursula Martin, and forms part of a broader project concerning the long term development and impact of computer science. The project sought women participants active in computing research, teaching and service provision between the 1950s and 1990s. The project captures the experiences of these interviewees, who were involved in computing from the early stages and all had varying association with the University of Oxford.

Between May and October 2018, interviews with 10 women were conducted and transcribed by Georgina Ferry. The interviewees were identified through various sources and professional communities, mainly: the Oxford Computer Lab under Leslie Fox, the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG), the Oxford Computing Service, The Programmers Research Group (PRG) and the department of Computing at Oxford University.

The project acknowledges support from NAG Ltd, Oxford Mathematics, Oxford IT services and the Bodleian Libraries.


The oral histories are arranged by alphabetically by interviewee (MSS. 15797 digital 3-12). These are preceded by born-digital contextual and introduction documents for the Oxford Women in Computing oral history project (MSS. 15797 digital 1-2).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the library on 15 January 2019, by Georgina Ferry.

Existence and Location of Copies

Access copies are available at University of Oxford podcasts.

Oxford Women in Computing: An Oral History Project
Kelly Burchmore
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom