D394 - Morgan, M. J. - 1939-1944

The student papers of M J Morgan include lecture notes, practical files, a diary and cash book.

Main Creator: Morgan, Margaret
Archive level description: Sub-sub fonds
Physical Description:4 boxes and 1 bundle of oversized material.
Summary:The student papers of M J Morgan include lecture notes, practical files, a diary and cash book.
Reference Number:D394
Accruals:There are no anticipated accruals.
Access Conditions:Access is open to bona fide researchers.

The original order of the papers has been preserved as far as possible. They are arranged into 5 sections as follows:

  • D394/1┬áLecture notes and practical work
  • D394/2Extracts from the diaries of M J Morgan
  • D394/3M J Morgan's cash book
  • D394/4"P.S.S" note book
  • D394/5Printed material
Custodial History:Previously in the custody of M J Morgan.
Finding Aids:A finding aid is available in the reading room.
Related Material:

A copy of M J Morgan's M.Sc. thesis is available in the University of Liverpool Library, Ref. No. THESIS 786

A copy of an anthology containing extracts from M J Morgan's wartime diary entitled "Parachutes and Petticoats - Welsh Women Writing on the Second World War" is available in the University of Liverpool Library, Ref. No.D810.W7.V55

Access Restrictions:Reproduction and licensing rules available on request.
Biographical/Administrative Information:

Margaret Joan Morgan was brought up in Halifax before becoming a student at Liverpool University from 1939-1943. She studied Zoology as her main subject, with Botany for two years and some Chemistry in her first year. She was awarded a 2:1 BSc Hons degree in 1942. She then went on to study for a Diploma in Education from 1942-43 which she passed with distinction.

During her time as a student in Liverpool she lived at Rankin Hall which was then on Ullet Road in South Liverpool. She also carried out her teaching practice around the city.

Morgan was at the University of Liverpool throughout the Second World War. During this time the University saw a drastic drop in student numbers. Whilst the number of male students declined, there was an increase in the number of female students. By the beginning of 1943 those male students who were not exempt were called up at 18, and female students at 29. The number of teaching staff also dropped dramatically as a result of the war, as many were involved in war work or active service. As M J Morgan's diary entries (D394/2) show, student life was affected as they had to take on extra duties and experienced many sleepless nights, disrupted transport and food shortages.

Morgan's first job after leaving Liverpool was teaching Biology at the High School for Girls, Douglas, Isle of Man, where she started in September 1943. She then went on to marry and have three children, and completed an M.Sc. by research in 1947. From 1957 to 1988 she taught Entomology at the University of Wales in Bangor.