John Henry Brookes: The man who inspired a university

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


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.

When he retired 28 years later, in 1956, most of the fields of study of a 21st century university had been established.

Bryan will be sharing his insights into the life of John Henry Brookes, celebrating his work and remarkable achievements.

About the speaker

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Bryan Brown is an alumnus, Honorary Fellow and advisor to Oxford Brookes. 

Trained as a designer, his career has been at the forefront of UK design practice, managing his own consultancy businesses. When Oxford Polytechnic became a university, Bryan recommended the name and designed its new brand identity. Bryan’s biography of John Henry Brookes is due for publication in 2015.