Seeking memories of Lancaster University’s earlier years

Professor Keith Morgan leads one of the academic processions past the Town Hall gardens in the late 1960s.
Professor Keith Morgan leads one of the academic processions past the Town Hall gardens in the late 1960s.
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Lancaster University has launched a project to seek out memories of their earlier years.

Early memories of life at Lancaster University are currently being captured in a unique collection to be preserved for generations to come.

A 1967 front cover of an annual special supplement published by the independent student magazine, Carolynne, which shows the Congregational Church in Stonewell, Lancaster, used for lectures (delivered from the pulpit) in those early days.

A 1967 front cover of an annual special supplement published by the independent student magazine, Carolynne, which shows the Congregational Church in Stonewell, Lancaster, used for lectures (delivered from the pulpit) in those early days.

The university is organising an oral history project, ‘Lancaster University Origins’, to capture early first-hand memories of its 50-year-old origins.

Founding members of staff, alumni from the early years and local residents have all come forward to share their memories for the project, coordinated by the university’s honorary archivist, Marion McClintock.

Marion said: “We are now approaching a new element of the Origins project in which we really want to seek out those truly ‘local’ ingredients in our quest to create a full and permanent early history of the university.

“So, we would really like to hear from people living in the area when the University opened in the 1960s – people who, for example, remember their parents talking about the university, people who came to Bailrigg for whatever reason or people who actually engaged with our students in some way.”

The ‘Origins’ project focuses on personal recollections and views, the roles people performed, what they felt about the university at the time and what they think about it today.

Interviews, carried out by a student, take about an hour and the content will be transcribed, indexed and put on the university’s web site providing both a visual and audio account for future generations.

If you are interested in taking part in this project, please contact Anne Rothwell in the university press office a.rothwell@lancaster,ac.uk in the first instance or call her on 01524 592646 with your name and contact information.