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Back to the 80s

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Did you study at Dorset Institute of Higher Education in the 1980s? We invited graduates from the decade to share their memories of living and studying in Bournemouth. Thanks to all those who took the time to write in and hunt out photographs.

David Roth, 1983–1986

David Roth, 1983–1986

“Virtually all students lived in small hotels for their first year, organised through the accommodation department at DIHE. I stayed at Mondello House Hotel, in a twin room. Rates were £27 a week for DBB – a three-course dinner, bed and breakfast (cooked on weekends) with meals served to students at tables in the dining room and an honesty bar. There was talk that this was the best small hotel for students and several never moved out during their whole time at DIHE.”

Richard Moyse, 1981–1984

Richard Moyse, 1981–1984

“Whilst at DIHE I was involved with the Students’ Union and in particular DISC or the DI(HE) Social Committee. We arranged the summer and Christmas balls and also the ‘Big Night Out’ each Friday evening. We booked countless bands and comedians including Roman Holliday, Jo Boxers, Modern Romance, Pete Green of Fleetwood Mac and the comedian Stan Arnold.”

James Air, 1987–1989

James Air, 1987–1989

“During my studies at DIHE I lived in student digs in Winton. There were no computers back then, and just a few Word Processors available, so most work was completed by old-fashioned pen and paper. The student bar served pints at just 87p and with bands such as Doctor and the Medics performing, Friday nights were not to be missed.”

Gill Powell, 1986

Gill Powell, 1986

“The Claremont Clan – that’s what we students who lived at the Claremont Hotel on St Michael’s Road in 1986 called ourselves. There was no student accommodation and so we media students based there hung out with folk from other courses – see photo from our day trip to Poole Harbour.”