Celebrating 50 years in Headington

Monday, 25 November 2013

Headington 50 image news

This month marked 50 years since the first buildings of the then Oxford College of Technology on the new Headington site were officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh.

It was a hugely important step forward for the College - later Oxford Polytechnic, and then Oxford Brookes University - as it brought all of its services under one roof for the first time after years of being scattered around the city.

Staff, students and alumni gathered on Friday 15th November to watch a short video (see below) detailing the buildings' history and the journey that brought us to Headington - or as John Henry Brookes called it, the Promised Land.

A poster exhibition complete with original press cuttings, photos and architect plans were also on display to help tell the story..

The University is currently gearing up to celebrate 150 years since Oxford Brookes started life as a small art school operating from one room in the Taylor Institution.

The celebrations will be launched on 14th March 2014 with a spectacular Live Friday event planned for the Ashmolean - next door to where Brookes originally started as the Oxford School of Art - and continues into 2015.

Follow the @Brookes_is_150 Twitter account to keep up with events.