Memorabilia exhibition marks university’s 50th anniversary

Lancaster University'Alexandra Square
Lancaster University'Alexandra Square
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With this year marking the 50th anniversary of Lancaster University, this week we published the second part in a two-part series looking back at the development of the university with a selection of old photographs from the Guardian and university archives.

The university’s alumni office will be mounting a one day memorabilia exhibition as part of its Community Activities Day on September 13 in the Peter Scott Gallery on campus.

Lancaster University students relax.

Lancaster University students relax.

This is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations and coincides with the Grand Alumni Reunion Dinner, which will take place that evening where 250 alumni will gather together in the Great Hall to relive student memories with their university friends.

The exhibition will include gowns and mortar boards, display panels depicting the history of the university and the changing design of degree programmes together with photos and campus publications produced over the years.

There will also be digital archive material and a message board for alumni to share their fond memories of their student days.

Some of publications have been donated by alumni who have scoured their lofts to find memorabilia from those halcyon days and these include press cuttings and even old exam papers!

Lancaster University publications over the years.

Lancaster University publications over the years.

There will also be some short talks to accompany the exhibition including Barry Lucas, former entertainments manager talking about the bands that played in the 70s and 80s, Marion McClintock recounting a short history of the university and Sir Chris Bonington discussing leadership and motivation.

The exhibition and talks are open to all and take place on the Lancaster University campus from 11am-5pm. For full information about the Community Activities Day, visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/50/community-activities-day.

- In last week’s Nostalgia, we accidentally featured a photo from the archives of buildings in St Mary’s Gate, behind the Priory. The property, which housed Lonsdale and Partners chartered accountants, suffered severe damage in a hurricane in october 1997, and our photo captured the moment part of the building collapsed.