Friday, 6 March 2015

Cumbria Uni celebrates 50 years with 'scrapbook' exhibition

1983 - student bedroom at S. Martin's College (aka Smarties)
now the University of Cumbria's Lancaster campus

As part of the University of Cumbria 50th anniversary celebrations (, staff from the UC will be taking up residence at the Lancaster University-hosted 'Campus in the City' shop on Cheapside on Thursday 19 March from 10am - 4pm.

On display on the day will be a range of photographs and archive materials, from the opening of St Martin's College in 1964 right through to the present day. Many photographs and other fascinating documents from the past five decades have been submitted from former students and staff members, including the running order for the official opening event with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, letters from the first principal Hugh Pollard, and the first ever college prospectus. Also on display will be the film ‘30 Years on the Hill’ which contains footage of the campus from 60s-90s, including the construction of some of the buildings which make up the campus today.

The event will run between 10am and 4pm on 19 March, and all are welcome to come along. Past students are encouraged to bring along their own photos, memorabilia and memories of student life in Lancaster, to be added to an ever-growing collection on the university's 'Digital Scrapbook', which can also be viewed on the day.

Karen Jones, who leads on development and alumni relations for the university, explains: "Our graduates are an invaluable asset to the university, as stories of their success, both professionally and in life in general, are a great source of inspiration to our prospective and current students."

A preview of some of the memories and images they have already collected are available to view at Can you spot yourself in any of the photos?

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