A study group headed by Jenny Slater planned a pamphlet of factual sex advice for teenagers, but the plans came to nothing in ways highly revealing of the way the permissive 1960s had not yet started in 1964. The Daily Mirror reported on 26 October 1964:
and the Guardian also had the story (26 October 1964):
but by 4 November 1964 the Daily Mirror was reporting that after objections from her parents Jenny Slater had not only resigned from the study group but had been gated by her college pending disciplinary action – and production of the pamphlet had been banned by OUHG’s senior member, Profesor Gilbert Ryle!
Notwithstanding, the study group seems to have continued in the following term, where it appears on the termly card.
OUHG ex-president David Pollock had by now gone down but had two letters in the press about Sunday observance following the official Crathorne Committee report: in the Daily Telegraph (15 December 1964):
and in the Guardian (17 December 1964) with a letter also read in an extended version on the BBC’s Listening Post:
Meantime on 25 September 1964 the Church Times surveyed the Oxford religious scene and reported on the strength of the Humanists.
When the University set up the Franks Commission on the governance of the University it did not have in mind the principle of in loco parentis but problems like the balance of power between the University institutions and the colleges. But OUHG saw its chance and submitted a memorandum of evidence (does anyone have a copy?) that gained substantial press coverage, led to a long correspondence in the Daily Telegraph and induced one outraged father to give contrary evidence to the Commission!
The London Evening Standard was first (17 February 1965):
Next day (18 February 1965) the ‘heavies’ joined in: the Times:
the Daily Telegraph:
and the Yorkshire Post:
The Daily Telegraph carried letters on 20 February 1965:
on 24 February 1965:
on 3 March 1965:
on 4 March 1965:
and on 12 March 1965:
Meantime Mr M Gatehouse wrote to teh Franks Commission that he was in total disagreement with OUHG:
Similarly in the Guardian the same day (9 March 1965):
Thanks again to Derek Schafer for providing this copy of the card for Michaelmas 1964 when Mike Lockwood was president, John Baker secretary and Anthony Isaacs treasurer. Speakers included A J Ayer, Margaret Wynn, Francis Williams, Peter Strawson and Alasdair MacIntyre.
A study group headed by Jenny Slater planned a pamphlet of factual sex advice for teenagers, but the plans came to nothing in ways highly revealing of the way the permissive 1960s had not yet started in 1964 – see here for this and other press coverage.
[Trinity 1964] [Hilary 1965]
John Baker was president, Tony Lambert secretary and Dick Eiser treasurer. Speakers included Hyman Levy, J Z Young, Lord Listowel, Peggy Jay, Herman Bondi, Margaret Knight and (in a late addition) Francis Huxley. The OUHG gave evidence to the Franks Commission on the governance of the University, protesting at interference in the private lives of students. The OUHG also elicited abuse from the apartheid South African government – see below.
OUHG wrote to the apartheid South African government seeking mercy for a defendant sentenced to death for alleged terrorism. The reply from the Ministry of Justice was a tirade of abuse, as reported in the Daily Telegraph (25 February 1965):
Similarly the Guardian (25 February 1965):
and the Times (25 February 1965):
[Evidence to the Franks Commission]
[Michaelmas 1964] [Trinity 1965]
Marian Stamp was president, Dylan Morgan secretary and Valerie Raines treasurer. Speakers included Joan Robinson, J D Bernal and Sir Edward Boyle. An insert with the card asked for volunteers for the Action Group, and several study groups were mentioned as well as a planned magazine.
[Hilary 1965] [Michaelmas 1965]