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Our buildings

We are beginning a process of renaming many of our buildings, moving away from the largely descriptive former names and introducing names of important figures connected to areas of the University’s work. Find out more here about the first buildings to be renamed.


Victorian Careers Fair

Heritage Quay is celebrating our 175th birthday with a special Victorian Careers Fair, held as part of the Festival of Learning. For one afternoon only, step back in time to the Huddersfield Technical College, opened in 1884 in the newly opened Ramsden Building. The event will take place on Saturday 11 June from 12.00pm to 3.00pm.


The roots of chemistry

At the final public lecture in a series commemorating the 175th anniversary of the foundation of the University’s predecessor institution, Professor Rob Brown told the story of chemistry teaching and research in the town and how it was closely linked with the fortunes of local industry.


Poetry and prose

Poetry flourished among the working classes during the Victorian period, a passion fostered at Mechanics’ Institutes and encouraged by leading authors such as Charlotte Brontë and Charles Dickens. Dr Merrick Burrow explored the importance of literature and the arts in the Huddersfield Mechanics’ Institution in his recent lecture.


A Victorian big-night-out

Before television and social media, the ‘public lecture’ was the big night-out for the Victorians, as Professor Martin Hewitt explained in his public lecture. The lecture circuit had its star performers, including Oscar Wilde and the explorer Henry Morton Stanley, both of whom came to Huddersfield.


Opening lecture

Dr Martyn Walker, of the University’s School of Education and Professional Development, is a historian of the Mechanics’ Institute movement. He opened the celebratory lecture series by describing the Institute’s origins in the early nineteenth century and describing some of the key figures behind it.


Music concert in St Paul’s

The University has celebrated with a special anniversary concert. The concert, which took place in the St Paul’s Hall, included music by staff, current students and alumni that spanned the 175 years since the creation of the Young Men’s Mental Improvement Society in 1841, from which the University is directly descended.


Alumni Roll of Honour

To mark the 175th Anniversary of the Young Men’s Mental Improvement Society, a predecessor institution, the University of Huddersfield has created a Roll of Honour of alumni who have made an outstanding, noteworthy contribution to their field and/or in public life via community involvement, heroism or philanthropy.


15 April: The sounds of time

The University’s Department of Music has devised a fascinating concert that contrasts music that was popular in the era of Huddersfield Mechanics’ Institute and Technical College with some of the soundscapes being created and explored by today’s students. It features the University’s Brass Band and Chamber Choir.


4 May: The class of 1841

Dr Martyn Walker looks at the Huddersfield Institute's contribution to adult education, examining how it supported student learning during the rapidly changing nineteenth century, before concluding in 1890 when the government began to take seriously the responsibility of supporting and financing post-school and adult education for all.


11 May: The Victorian talk show

Professor Martin Hewitt explores how the popularity of celebrity lectures in the nineteenth century, a neglected part of the story of the growth of the entertainment industry and its celebrity culture, had surprising implications for the development of the University of Huddersfield.


18 May: Read all about it

Dr Jodie Matthews, Dr Michael Stewart and Dr Merrick Burrow, from the School of Music Humanities and Media at the University of Huddersfield, examine Brontë and Dickens, looking at the contribution of English Literature to the Mechanics’ Institute Movement. (Image of Charlotte Brontë courtesy of the Brontë Society.)


25 May: Good chemistry

In 1843 Huddersfield Mechanics’ Institute offered its first courses in chemistry. In this talk, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Rob Brown is joined by Dr Martyn Walker to explore how chemistry teaching and research have evolved since 1843 and how this has been influenced by local and national industry.


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