University of Manchester Heritage

University of Manchester Heritage This is the page for the University of Manchester's Heritage programme. Here, you can find out a bit more about the University's history and upcoming heritage events.

In line with the University’s statement on the closure of non-essential facilities and postponement of on-campus visits,...
18/03/2020
Coronavirus information | The University of Manchester

In line with the University’s statement on the closure of non-essential facilities and postponement of on-campus visits, we will be temporarily halting the provision of our heritage tours until at least the end of April. More information can be found here: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/coronavirus/

We are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and seeking advice from the UK authorities, based on the latest available information. View our latest updates here.

Read about the "kidnapping" of the Rector of the University of Coimbra, and his meetings with Napoleon, over on the Univ...
12/03/2020
The ‘Kidnapping’ of the Rector of the University of Coimbra during the French Invasions of Portugal

Read about the "kidnapping" of the Rector of the University of Coimbra, and his meetings with Napoleon, over on the University Histories blog, in a great post by Carlos Alves https://universityhistories.com/2020/03/12/the-kidnapping-of-the-rector-of-the-university-of-coimbra-during-the-french-invasions-of-portugal/

This post has been contributed by Carlos Fernando Teixeira Alves, a doctoral candidate in History in the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon. It explores an intriguing inciden…

Read about how the Nordic Summer University is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a series of imaginative artistic an...
27/01/2020
70 Years of Activism, Research and History with the Nordic Summer University

Read about how the Nordic Summer University is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a series of imaginative artistic and research projects, over on the University Histories blog: bit.ly/2vmbDKY

In 2020, the Nordic Summer University is celebrating its 70th anniversary with arts/research projects investigating and inspired by NSU’s past, its archive in Copenhagen, and reflecting on it…

17/10/2019

🚨Upcoming event🚨 Binary and the Baby: tensions between mathematics and engineering in the University of Manchester - by Jonathan Swinton and James Sumner. Save the date: 4pm Thurs 7th November, Pear Lecture Theatre in Coupland 1. Stay tuned for more details soon!

"There are two separate blue plaques on the Coupland Street building complex, neither visible from the other: one recognises Alan Turing as a founder of computer science, while the other memorialises FC Williams and Tom Kilburn as creators of the first electronic computer. This separation reflects an uneasiness between engineering and mathematical disciplines still visible today in controversies around historical accounts of who-did-what. Manchester's University in 1948 was staffed by academics with a limited but definite diversity of disciplines, class, gender and sexuality, and we discuss the extent to these differences were barriers which prevented post-war Manchester's notable combination of theoretical and applied talent from reaching its full potential."

Jonathan Swinton is a writer and mathematician. His Alan Turing's Manchester was published in March 2019. James Sumner is Senior Lecturer in CHSTM.

Find out about the Otago, New Zealand, student ("scarfie") tradition of naming their digs in a new blog post on Universi...
02/09/2019
A social history of named student houses in Dunedin, New Zealand

Find out about the Otago, New Zealand, student ("scarfie") tradition of naming their digs in a new blog post on University Histories by Sarah Gallagher https://bit.ly/2lt2Emk

This post is contributed by Sarah Gallagher who is a Heritage Advisor for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. An alumna of the University of Otago, she has researched student flat names in Dunedi…

#OnThisDay in 1846, John Owens died in Manchester. He left most of his fortune, nearly £100,000, to the founding of a ne...
29/07/2019

#OnThisDay in 1846, John Owens died in Manchester. He left most of his fortune, nearly £100,000, to the founding of a new college. This became Owens College. @OfficialUoM #UoMHeritage

William Lawrence Bragg was appointed Langworthy Professor of Physics at Manchester, 100 years ago in 1919. He succeeded ...
27/06/2019

William Lawrence Bragg was appointed Langworthy Professor of Physics at Manchester, 100 years ago in 1919. He succeeded Rutherford and held this post until 1937. @UoMSciEng #UoMHeritage

#AlanTuring was born #OnThisDay on 23rd June 1912. Hear more about the revolutionary mathematician, computer scientist a...
23/06/2019

#AlanTuring was born #OnThisDay on 23rd June 1912. Hear more about the revolutionary mathematician, computer scientist and codebreaker here: http://ow.ly/HvRT50uFWxa #UoMHeritage

The Christie Library, by architect Alfred Waterhouse, was officially opened #OnThisDay on the 22nd June 1898. Follow the...
22/06/2019

The Christie Library, by architect Alfred Waterhouse, was officially opened #OnThisDay on the 22nd June 1898. Follow the link to read more about this magnificent building: http://ow.ly/J3in50uFVDb #UoMHeritage

#OnThisDay on 21st June 1948, just after 11am, #Manchester 'The Baby' became the first computer in the world to run a pr...
21/06/2019

#OnThisDay on 21st June 1948, just after 11am, #Manchester 'The Baby' became the first computer in the world to run a program - written by Tom Kilburn - electronically stored in its memory, rather than on paper tape or hardwired in. @UoMSciEng #UoMHeritage

Today @TheJohnRylands hosts 'The #Aldine Edition of the Ancient Greek Epistolographers: Roots and Legacy' @JRRIMancheste...
17/06/2019

Today @TheJohnRylands hosts 'The #Aldine Edition of the Ancient Greek Epistolographers: Roots and Legacy' @JRRIManchester @Clah_Mcr , featuring Aldines from the Christie Collection. Here are stained glass #Erasmus #Christie and #Manutius ⭐ located outside @ChristiesBistro

Today is the 🚨deadline🚨 to submit your entries for the ⭐Christie Medal for University History⭐ awarded for presenting or...
07/06/2019

Today is the 🚨deadline🚨 to submit your entries for the ⭐Christie Medal for University History⭐ awarded for presenting original research on the history or heritage of @OfficialUoM 🐝 Submit an essay, film, artwork, or other format by today! http://ow.ly/Js4T50uxQA7 #UoMHeritage

Today's morning was spent exploring the @ManMedMuseum 's collections, which are wonderful! Don't forget to check out the...
03/06/2019

Today's morning was spent exploring the @ManMedMuseum 's collections, which are wonderful! Don't forget to check out their #InstrumentsOfChangeMCR exhibition in the foyer of the Stopford Building! #UoMHeritage

The deadline for abstracts is tomorrow, 31st May!🚨 The University’s Research Group on the History of Universities is hos...
30/05/2019

The deadline for abstracts is tomorrow, 31st May!🚨 The University’s Research Group on the History of Universities is hosting the conference, 'Universities and their contested pasts' on 11th and 12th September 2019. For more information, click here: http://ow.ly/6NYx50usCR0

Looking for something exciting to do tomorrow in Manchester? Come to our free heritage tour tomorrow and learn about the...
19/04/2019
The rise of a university: industry, engineering and science (Heritage Tour)

Looking for something exciting to do tomorrow in Manchester? Come to our free heritage tour tomorrow and learn about the origins of the University of Manchester from its origins in the industrial revolution, right up to the white heat of 1960s scientific and technological innovation!

Sign up here:

http://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:xvo-jlj8jeg0-ns53pk

University home Events Home Exhibitions Conferences Lectures and seminars Performances Events for prospective students Family events All Events The rise of a university: industry, engineering and science (Heritage Tour) Starts:13:00 20 Apr 2019Ends:14:00 20 Apr 2019What is it:TourOrganiser:Universit...

The Call for Papers for the conference "Universities and their Contested Pasts" is here: https://bit.ly/2CFv0zz The conf...
26/03/2019
Call for Papers: Universities and their contested pasts

The Call for Papers for the conference "Universities and their Contested Pasts" is here: https://bit.ly/2CFv0zz The conference will be held in September at the University of Manchester. Deadline for abstracts 31st May 2019.

Conference: 11 & 12 September 2019. Deadline for abstracts: 31 May. Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester (U.K.) For many years, universities and their pasts were seen as a benig…

A message from our neighbours on Oxford Road:Your Holy Name Story' is a Heritage Lottery funded project that seeks to ex...
26/03/2019

A message from our neighbours on Oxford Road:

Your Holy Name Story' is a Heritage Lottery funded project that seeks to explore the connection between the Holy Name and its local communities. It hopes to reconnect elderly people with their cultural and religious heritage through the recording of personal accounts of experiences of the Church by conducting interviews with people who attended the Church, and acquiring photographs, archives and local history pertaining to the Church.

We are looking for people who would like to share their story about their time at the Holy Name Church, so if you would like to be involved please contact us on [email protected]

Find out about the role of women in the early history of computing at the Victoria University of Manchester in a great n...
18/03/2019
Women at the Console

Find out about the role of women in the early history of computing at the Victoria University of Manchester in a great new blog post by Jonathan Swinton https://bit.ly/2UDdJOp

This post is contributed by Dr Jonathan Swinton who has spent thirty years working in mathematical biology in academia and industry. He is currently writing a textbook on mathematical phyllotaxis …

Read about the history of New Zealand's oldest university (celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019) over on the Univer...
18/12/2018
Writing a history of the University of Otago, New Zealand

Read about the history of New Zealand's oldest university (celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019) over on the University Histories blog: https://bit.ly/2LpP7Vn

This post is contributed by historian Dr Ali Clarke, a research fellow at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Her most recent book ‘Otago: 150 Years of New Zealand’s First University’…

One of the proposed designs for a University War Memorial in Manchester.  Read Dr James Peters' blog post about the hist...
17/11/2018

One of the proposed designs for a University War Memorial in Manchester. Read Dr James Peters' blog post about the history of the memorial here: https://bit.ly/2Fo7s65 #WW1Centenary

After the end of the First World War, the University commemorated staff and students who had died in the conflict with a...
16/11/2018
The University of Manchester War Memorial

After the end of the First World War, the University commemorated staff and students who had died in the conflict with a memorial in the Old Quadrangle. Read about its history in a new post by Dr James Peters on the 'University Histories' blog: https://bit.ly/2Fo7s65

This post is contributed by Dr James Peters, archivist at the University of Manchester’s University Archives and Record Centre. After the Armistice of 11 November 1918, life at the University…

Read about three of the Manchester students who fought in the First World War, in James Hern's great blog post here: htt...
02/11/2018

Read about three of the Manchester students who fought in the First World War, in James Hern's great blog post here: https://bit.ly/2AFl0FI #WW1Centenary #Armistice100

Great new post on the 'University Histories' blog by Keith Vernon, Principal Lecturer in History @UCLan, exploring unive...
10/03/2018

Great new post on the 'University Histories' blog by Keith Vernon, Principal Lecturer in History @UCLan, exploring university heritage, anniversaries and branding http://bit.ly/2IhqKr1

University Manchester Heritage
03/03/2018

University Manchester Heritage

Are you a current student who is passionate about the University of Manchester and its history? We are now recruiting for new tour guides! Support and training will be provided by our friendly and dedicated team. For full details, and to apply, visit http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink/ and search "Casual University Heritage Guide" (post# 74085)

One week until recruitment closes for new heritage guides! This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the univer...
16/02/2018

One week until recruitment closes for new heritage guides! This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the university's heritage and engagement activities. If you have something to offer, details for how to apply are below.

Are you a current student who is passionate about the University of Manchester and its history? We are now recruiting for new tour guides! Support and training will be provided by our friendly and dedicated team. For full details, and to apply, visit http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink/ and search "Casual University Heritage Guide" (post# 74085)

Are you a current student who is passionate about the University of Manchester and its history? We are now recruiting fo...
30/01/2018

Are you a current student who is passionate about the University of Manchester and its history? We are now recruiting for new tour guides! Support and training will be provided by our friendly and dedicated team. For full details, and to apply, visit http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink/ and search "Casual University Heritage Guide" (post# 74085)

An extra 2:15pm slot has been added for the Rutherford's Manchester exhibition on Saturday 2nd December.  Book a place h...
14/11/2017

An extra 2:15pm slot has been added for the Rutherford's Manchester exhibition on Saturday 2nd December. Book a place here: http://bit.ly/2yCG4Kj

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