In-conversation event with Bryan Brown will launch JHB biography

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Bryan Brown

An in-conversation event with author Bryan Brown, to celebrate the launch of his biography of John Henry Brookes, the modern founder of Oxford Brookes University will be held at Oxford Brookes University on 6 May.

An in-conversation event with author Bryan Brown, to celebrate the launch of his biography of John Henry Brookes, the modern founder of Oxford Brookes University will be held at Oxford Brookes University on 6 May.

In celebration of his new book John Henry Brookes: the man who inspired a University Bryan will be in conversation with his editor Susie Baker to explore the life, work and legacy of the University’s founding father. The event is designed to encourage audience participation and people expressing their own memories of JHB and the institution in its earlier days will be welcomed.

His values resonate in the DNA of this university and are a key part of its continuing success and global reputation.

Bryan Brown, author of John Henry Brookes: A man who inspired a university

Following his education and training as an artist, craftsman and teacher, John Henry Brookes was appointed Head of the Oxford School of Art in 1928 with two members of staff and 90, mostly part-time students. By the time he retired 28 years later, in 1956, most of the fields of study of a 21st century university had been established.

Sharing a lot in common and closely associated with John Henry Brookes, Bryan is trained as a designer and recommended the name and designed the Oxford Brookes University brand identity when it became a university in 1992.

Bryan has led the campaign to reassert John Henry Brookes’ fading legacy; a legacy which helps define the University's distinctiveness and which is fundamental to its future. He said: “JHB was a significant influence on my own life and I believe today's students will similarly benefit from JHB's educational legacy. His values resonate in the DNA of this university and are a key part of its continuing success and global reputation.''

“I was once asked if there were any ‘skeletons in the cupboard’. After several years of researching JHB’s life, I can say that I have never come across anyone so universally respected, admired and loved.”

Bryan is an Honorary Fellow, Brookes alumnus and advisor to the University. 

The event will take place in the John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre on the Headington Campus from 6pm and a drinks reception will follow. The event is free to attend but please book your place via the events web pages. 

The book will be available to buy on the night and Bryan will make time to sign copies.

It is also currently available to buy in the Blackwell’s store at Oxford Brookes, online at Amazon and at other selected independent book shops.

In the video below, Joan Brookes, daughter of John Henry Brookes, reflects on memories of her father.  The full version of the interview will appear on the 150th anniversary digital timeline shortly.