This one-day symposium will be a significant opportunity to examine the historical development of higher and further education, its geographical expansion, architectural expression and wider socio-economic relations to the city and region, in the past and up to the present.
The focus will be on the interactions between place, planning and architectural design to create effective environments for teaching and academic research; understanding how the social and spatial structure of these major institutions of learning changed over different periods driven in part by local needs and initiatives as well as national policies around higher education.
The symposium will be interdisciplinary and we welcome speakers and attendees from history, geography, town planning, architecture, history of science, education, and allied disciplines who can speak to different time periods, theoretical positions and empirics of particular institutional histories.
There is no charge for the Symposium and lunch will be provided. Please register using the link at the top of the page.
9.30-10.00: Arrival: coffee and tea
10.00-10.10: Welcome; house-keeping: Martin Dodge
SESSION 1: INSTITUTIONAL HISTORIES
10.10-10.30: 'Where Masses Rhymes with Classes': Building the University of Salford, 1896-2016
Dr. Julian Holder (School of the Built Environment, University of Salford)
10.30-10.50: Disciplinary Development at the University of Manchester: Change and Resilience
Dr. James Hopkins (University Historian and Heritage Manager, University of Manchester)
10.50-11.10: Manufacturing Manchester: Further Education and the Post-war Technical College
Matthew Steele (Manchester Modernists; Art History, The Open University)
SESSION 2: STUDENT EXPERIENCE
11.50-12.10: Regional Identity and Residential Planning: The University of Manchester and Student Accommodation, c.1950–1970
Dr. Keith Vernon (School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Central Lancashire)
12.10-12.30: Facilitating the ‘Silk Road of Knowledge’: Southern Voices and the Manchester Universities Experience
Dr. Alison Newby (Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, University of Manchester)
12.30-12.50: Acting as an Artist: Recovering Extra-curricula Experience in the History of the Manchester School of Art
Dr. Jane Webb (Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University)
SESSION 3: BUILDINGS AND LEARNING
2.10-2.30: ‘Once There Were Green Fields’: The UMIST Campus Development as a Case Study for Civil Engineering Teaching
Tom Swailes (School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester)
2.30-2.50: Using Campus Buildings to Communicate Institutional History
Dr. James Sumner (Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester)
2.50-3.10: The University of Manchester Library: Expansion and Contraction
Mike Kelly (University of Manchester Library)
SESSION 4: PAST AND FUTURE
3.50-4.10: Manchester University: The Conservation of the Quadrangle Buildings A Creative and Conservative Approach to the Sustainability of Historic Assets
F Duncan Sanderson (Lloyd Evans Prichard Ltd)
4.10-4.30: Grand Plans: Campus, Precinct and Parkland
Richard Brook (Manchester School of Architecture)