The life and work of John Henry Brookes: the man who inspired Oxford Brookes 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 the 21st century university had been established. 

Author Bryan Brown has recently published the first biography of John Henry Brookes. At this event, Bryan will be in conversation with his editor Susie Baker as they share insights into the life of John Henry Brookes and talk through his influences, his impact on Oxford and his talents in arts and crafts. 

Members of the audience will be encouraged to share their stories and mementos of John Henry Brookes. 

About the speaker

Bryan Brown Photo

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.