• Huddersfield's history explored in new book

    Posted by Dawn Cockcroft on 2016-11-14


New book explores the history of the University of Huddersfield Last week saw the launch of the latest addition to the Press portfolio: The Making of a University by the late John O'Connell. Attended by John's  family and friends, plus University Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan CBE and Pro Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning Professor Tim Thornton, the launch was a lovely way to celebrate the dedication and passion which John had for the University, and a chance to talk about the research behind his book and the interesting history it contains. Mr Martin O’Connell spoke of his late father’s passion for his subject, for the institution and for the town of Huddersfield:
‌He did everything with enthusiasm, dedication and commitment and in this book we have a living testament to this institution’s journey to becoming a university.  The fact that my father didn’t live to see his book in print is a shame, but that doesn’t detract from the satisfaction he took in a creating a history that is a reference point for the University, and it is a joy for us to be here at the launch.
Charting the University's development This book is a record of the development of an institution with a remarkable history. Its foundations go back to the early part of the nineteenth century when the local Huddersfield community decided it wanted a place of learning to promote the education of the working classes. Since 1825 development has encompassed a mechanics institution, a female educational institute, a college of technology and a polytechnic, before becoming the University of Huddersfield we know today. The author, the late John O'Connell, was a Professor at Huddersfield and this book draws upon his research which now resides in the University archives. Split into two sections which cover 1841-1970 then 1970-1992, each chapter explores a stage in the development of the University and the wider world events which helped to shape it. There are some beautiful images taken from the University archives which help to give a sense of the different eras the book covers. You can order your copy by visiting our online store , and if you are a staff member, student or alumni of the University you can also enjoy an impressive 50% discount.
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