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50 Years of Inspiring Learning in Lancaster

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50th AnniversaryTo celebrate 50 Years of Higher Education in Lancaster, the University of Cumbria has programmed a range of events throughout the year.

Watch this space for information on upcoming tours, talks, reunions, workshops, public lectures, arts events and exhibitions.

Upcoming events

Digital ScrapbookDigital Scrapbook  

The online 'scrapbook' celebrates 50 years of teaching and learning at the Lancaster campus (originally St Martin’s College) and is a fun and accessible way to share photos and stories of student life in Lancaster over the years.

Submit your own pictures, stories and recollections of your Lancaster student days to alumni@cumbria.ac.uk. We'll put them into the online scrapbook for all to see. Please make sure to include your name and which year you graduated.

Explore the scrapbook

Past events

1964 and all that!1964 and all that!

Date: Thu 19 March 2015
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Campus in the City (5 Cheapside), Lancaster

Join us for a one-day-only 'open shop' event, celebrating 50 Years of teaching and learning at the University of Cumbria Lancaster Campus. Pop into Campus in the City to meet staff and alumni, browse our collection of photos, documents and memories and chat about student life in Lancaster then and now.

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Join us for a one-day-only 'open shop' event, celebrating 50 Years of teaching and learning at the University of Cumbria Lancaster Campus. Pop into Campus in the City to meet staff and alumni, browse our collection of photos, documents and memories and chat about student life in Lancaster then and now.

And if you were a student at the Bowerham Road campus anytime over the last 50 years, why not bring in your own photos and tell us your memories, and we will scan them and log them, and add them to our ever-growing collection on our Digital Scrapbook.


Light Up Lancaster 50/50 ProjectLight Up Lancaster 50/50 project

Date: Friday 7 November 2014
Time: 6.00pm onwards
Cost: FREE
Location: City centre, Lancaster

Celebrating 50 years of higher education in Lancaster, local artist Shane Johnstone has been working with University of Cumbria staff and students, local schools and communities, to create 50 original artworks. Join us as the creations are illuminated in shop windows in Lancaster’s city centre, as part of the Light Up Lancaster Festival.

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Celebrating 50 years of higher education in Lancaster, local artists has been working with University of Cumbria staff and students, local schools and communities, to create 50 original artworks. Each piece has been individually crafted from stained glass, representing the impact of the university over the last half century. Join us as the creations are beautifully illuminated in shop windows in Lancaster’s city centre, as part of the Light Up Lancaster Festival.


Golden Years - Community Bulb PlantingGolden Years - Community Bulb Planting

Date: Saturday 25 October 2014
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Cost: FREE
Location: University of Cumbria in Lancaster, inside entrance gate

Join us for a morning of digging and planting, to make a colourful, lasting impression in the grounds of the campus. All bulbs, plants and materials provided, just wrap up warm.

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Join us for a morning of digging and planting, to make a colourful, lasting impression in the grounds of the campus. In a prominent position in the grassy bank at the entrance to the campus, we will plant grasses and bulbs, to commemorate the 50 years since the opening of the then St Martin's College on this site. With golden daffodils, we will quite literally create a 'golden year', to be seen on the site for many years to come. All bulbs, plants and materials provided, just wrap up warm.


50 Years of Higher Education in Lancaster50 Years of Higher Education in Lancaster

Date: Tuesday 21 October 2014
Time: 6.30pm - 8.45pm
Cost: FREE - Book online
Location: Lancaster Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster

In partnership with Lancaster University and Lancaster City Council, the University of Cumbria celebrates 50 years of higher education in the city.

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It’s 50 years since higher education first came to Lancaster, with the establishment of Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria’s Lancaster Campus (then St Martin's College). Join us for a celebration event at Lancaster Town Hall, with glimpses into the past, present and future of the city’s two higher education institutions.

Hear from the vice-chancellors of both universities and special guests, and join in the conversation; how Higher Education has shaped the local area over the last half a century.


Stained Glass Mosaic Workshop with Shane JohnstoneStained Glass Mosaic Workshop with Shane Johnstone

Date: Saturday 11 October 2014
Time: 11.00am - 4.00pm
Cost: FREE
Location: St Nic's Arcade, Lancaster

Join award winning artist, Shane Johnstone, as he sets out to create 50 original pieces of 3 dimensional artwork using glass and light, to celebrate the 50 years of the Lancaster Campus. All materials provided. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult

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Join local artist, Shane Johnstone, as he sets out to create 50 original pieces of 3 dimensional artwork, to celebrate the 50 years of the Lancaster campus. Working with glass and light, each unique piece will represent a year or a moment in the University of Cumbria’s history.

The final pieces will be brought together for the Light Up Lancaster event at the beginning of November, when you will see your creations beautifully illuminated in the city centre. All materials provided. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Bratby MuralHidden Arts - Heritage Open Days event

Date: Saturday 13 September 2014
Time: 12.00pm-1.00pm and 2.00pm-3.00pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Meet at University of Cumbria in Lancaster, outside the chapel.

Take a tour behind the scenes to discover our seldom-seen artistic treasures. Includes works by John Bratby, Barbara Hepworth and Mabel Pakenham-Walsh.

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As part of the National Heritage Open Days project, we open our doors and invite you to take a tour behind the scenes to discover the fascinating artworks at the Lancaster Campus, and hear the stories behind them.

These seldom-seen artistic treasures, include a large-scale painting by acclaimed 'kitchen sink' artist, John Bratby in St Martin's Chapel, a series of carvings by Mabel Pakenham-Walsh, and a maquette by Barbara Hepworth for her Winged Figure of 1962 on the John Lewis store, Oxford Street, London.


St Martin’s College 50th Reunion (1964 – 1966 Starters) St Martin’s College 50th Reunion (1964 – 1966 Starters)

Date: Thursday 4 - Friday 5 September 2014
Time: N/A
Cost: FREE
Location: Meet at University of Cumbria in Lancaster, outside reception.
Contact: www.cumbria.ac.uk/alumni / Tel: 01228 400300 ext.8483

September 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of our first intrepid students on campus in Lancaster. This event will see students from the 1964, '65 and '66 intakes reunited on campus for two days of celebration events.

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September 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of our first intrepid students on campus in Lancaster. This event will see students from the 1964, '65 and '66 intakes reunited on campus for two days of events. Former students from those first 3 years will enjoy a lunch, memories exhibition, 60s St Martin's quiz, campus tours, photographs, dinner and disco and a service of celebration. And many will stay in the Willie Tom - even in their original old rooms!


Guided tour of the site of Bowerham Barracks Guided tour of the site of Bowerham Barracks
Led by Peter Donnelly, Curator of the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum

Date: Friday 8 August 2014
Time: 11.00am and 7.00pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Meet at University of Cumbria in Lancaster, outside reception.
Contact: 01524 64637 / www.kingsownmuseum.plus.com

100 years to the day when a group of King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Reservists were mobilised from this site, come and join a tour of Bowerham Barracks and learn about the history of the Regimental Depot, with a special focus on the First World War.

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The first couple of weeks of August 1914 saw hundreds of King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Reservists pass through the Regimental Depot at Bowerham Barracks. These were men who had joined the Special Reserve or had been transferred to the Reserve after full time military service. When war came they were called up for duty - and their mobilisation station was the Barracks in Lancaster. They received their uniforms and equipment and were sent to Saltash, near Plymouth, to undertake their training prior to being sent to the Western Front, some would be there within only a few weeks.

A group photograph of these Reservists was taken on 8 August and the same day that this group left for Saltash.

100 years to the day when a group of King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Reservists were mobilised from this site, come and join a tour of Bowerham Barracks and learn about the history of the Regimental Depot, with a special focus on the First World War. Led by Peter Donnelly, Curator of the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum.

The 11am tour, with many thanks to Peter Donnelly for the very interesting tour:

campus-tour

The formation of St Martin's College

Alumni RAG Week 1983-84St Martin’s College was one of the three institutions which formed the University of Cumbria in August 2007. Founded in 1964 in Lancaster by the Church of England to train teachers, the gradual growth of St Martin's College accelerated rapidly in 1996 when it acquired Charlotte Mason College and again in 1998 when a new campus was opened in Carlisle.

Barracks of the King's Own Royal Regiment

The Lancaster campus of the University of Cumbria started life as a barracks for the King's Own Royal Regiment and it was this association which gave the teaching college its name - St Martin's - after a Roman soldier who converted to Christianity. View some photos of the Barracks, courtesy of the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum's website: 
www.kingsownmuseum.plus.com/galleryaccommodation02.htm

The formation of the College

Post-war review of teacher training lead to the instigation of Lancaster College of Education 1962. The first intake of 89 students (supported by 13 staff) was in 1964.

The King’s Own Royal Regiment had vacated the barracks in the previous decade and the site was purchased by the Church of England. Former armouries, barracks houses and other military buildings were converted and others demolished to be replaced by new buildings designed by Charles Pike.

Alumni Students with SMC logo

From the start the College planned to teach degrees as well as Certificates of Education and pioneered the four year BA Hons with QTS. By 1966 the College was teaching PGCE students.

As nursing developed as a graduate profession the College developed courses in nursing and later radiography, occupational therapy, social work and continuing professional development courses for health professionals. Strong relationships were forged with NHS trust training departments. This can be seen in the local hospital trusts where many health professionals can be seen proudly wearing both St Martin’s and University of Cumbria badges on their uniforms.

The College developed courses in humanities, arts, sport and a mini building boom ensued in the late 1990s with the development of the Sports Centre, Humanities building, Hugh Pollard Lecture Theatre and new accommodation.