Brookes celebrates its history with pre-1970 alumni

Friday, 11 September 2015

Brookes pre 1970s alumni event

Last Friday (11 September), Oxford Brookes celebrated the successes of past students at a special, afternoon commemorative event.

One-hundred students who studied at predecessor institutions in the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s were invited to the reunion to re-connect with old friends and celebrate with other alumni from across the decades the contributions they have made to both the city of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University.

The alumni were joined by current students, Sir Clive Booth – Oxford Brookes’ first Vice Chancellor and Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Colin Cook to watch Flintlock Theatre perform Educating Oxford, the specially commissioned 150th anniversary play which tells the story of Oxford Brookes’ origins.

The University commissioned Co-artistic Director of Flintlock Theatre Anna Glynn to write the short play in 2014 to celebrate the history of the institution. Anna worked closely with the Oxford Brookes, drawing on the interactive digital timeline of original sources which have been published online as part of the 150thanniversary celebrations. 

The University’s history goes to show the importance of Oxford Brookes and its predecessor institutions to the city of Oxford throughout the ages. And of course, most importantly, of the alumni from each of these institutions.

Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Colin Cook

Guests were also treated to a special afternoon tea reception and an exhibition of the University’s historical archives.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor said: “As Oxford Brookes continues to celebrate its 150th anniversary there has never been a better time to recognise our alumni and the excellent contribution they are making to the regional, national and global community.

“This reunion was a great opportunity to reconnect and celebrate with our alumni from across the decades, it also gave our former students the chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones.”

In his speech to mark the occasion Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Colin Cook said: “The University’s history goes to show the importance of Oxford Brookes and its predecessor institutions to the city of Oxford throughout the ages.  And of course, most importantly, of the alumni from each of these institutions.

“So congratulations and thank you to Oxford Brookes University for 150 years of service to the City of Oxford. And thanks to the alumni of Oxford Brookes University and each of its predecessor institutions - you have contributed vastly to the city and deserve this special day of celebration.”

For more information about Brookes Alumni visit the website.