"To constitute and found a university ..."

2012 marked a double anniversary for the University of Southampton.  It celebrated its diamond jubilee as the first university to be created in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, receiving its royal charter on 29 April 1952.  The second anniversary was that of the foundation of the Hartley Institution, the University's predecessor.  The Hartley Institution was opened by Lord Palmerston, the then Prime Minister, on 15 October 1862.  

The exhibition "To constitute and found a university ...": from Hartley Institution to the University of Southampton's diamond jubilee set out to reflect development over 150 years, both in terms of the experience of students, from the nineteenth century onwards, and in the physical changes to the institution. 

Henry Robinson Hartley, benefactor

Henry Robinson Hartley, benefactor

Henry Robinson Hartley, benefactor of the Hartley Institution

Programme for the opening of the Hartley Institution, 1862

Programme for the opening of the Hartley Institution, 1862

 

Programme for the opening of the Hartley Institution, 1862

Hartley Institution, High Street, Southampton

Hartley Institution, High Street, Southampton

 

Exterior of the Hartley Institution, High Street, Southampton

College beadle, 1900s

College beadle, 1900s

 

College beadle, 1900s

Highfield campus as war hospital, 1914-18

Highfield campus as war hospital, 1914-18

 

Highfield campus was used as a war hospital during the First World War

Official opening of Highfield campus, 1919

Official opening of Highfield campus, 1919

 

Official opening of the Highfield campus in 1919

Turner Sims Library, opened in 1936

Turner Sims Library, opened in 1936

 

The Turner Sims Library, named after its benefactor Edward Turner Sims, was opened in 1936

Construction of the Chemistry building, 1960s

Construction of the Chemistry building, 1960s

 

Construction of the Chemistry building, 1960s

Aerial view of Highfield campus, 1960s

Aerial view of Highfield campus, 1960s

 

Aerial view of the Highfield campus, 1960s, with the newly constructed Nuffield Theatre, students' union and common rooms in the foreground

Aerial view of the Highfield campus, with the Lanchester building, 1960s

Aerial view of the Highfield campus, with the Lanchester building, 1960s

 

Aerial view of the Highfield campus, 1960s, with the Lanchester builidng under construction in the foreground

Roberts Road women's hostel, 1908-10

Roberts Road women's hostel, 1908-10

 

18 Roberts Road, Southampton, used as a women students' hostel, 1908-10

Highfield Hall room, 1920s

Highfield Hall room, 1920s

Room at Highfield Hall, 1920s

Proposed men's hall of residence, 1930s

Proposed men's hall of residence, 1930s

Fund raising leaflet for men's hall of residence

Hall of residence dining room, 1960s

Hall of residence dining room, 1960s

 

Hall of residence dining room, 1960s

Bencraft Court hall of residence, 1980s

Bencraft Court hall of residence, 1980s

 

Exterior of Bencraft Court hall of residence, 1980s

Laboratory facilities, 1900s

Laboratory facilities, 1900s

 

Laboratory facilities at the Hartley Institution building

Chemistry laboratory, 1910

Chemistry laboratory, 1910

Chemistry laboratory facilities, 1910

Laboratory work, 1920s

Laboratory work, 1920s

 

Laboratory work, 1920s

Chemistry laboratory work, 1998

Chemistry laboratory work, 1998

 

Chemistry laboratory work, 1998

Geography field work, 1926

Geography field work, 1926

 

Geography field work, 1926

Archaelogical field work, 1994

Archaelogical field work, 1994

Archaeological field work for the Beaulieu River Project, 1994

Students, 1899

Students, 1899

Students, 1899

Women students, 1899

Women students, 1899

 

Two women students, 1899

Students, 1904

Students, 1904

 

Students, 1904

Students, 1906

Students, 1906

Local students, 1906

Staff and students, 1920-5

Staff and students, 1920-5

 

Staff and students outside the south wing of the College, 1920-5

Highfield Hall students, 1927-8

Highfield Hall students, 1927-8

 

Residents of Highfield Hall, 1927-8

Students Union, 1941-2

Students Union, 1941-2

 

Students Union, 1941-2

Senior Training Corps, 1941

Senior Training Corps, 1941

 

Senior Training Corps, 1941

Student Council, 1954-5

Student Council, 1954-5

 

Members of the Student Council, 1954-5

Student Council, 1964-5

Student Council, 1964-5

 

Members of the Student Council, 1964-5

Students, 1990s

Students, 1990s

 

Students on Highfield campus, 1990s

Rag, 1926

Rag, 1926

Rag procession, 1926

Rag, 1957

Rag, 1957

 

Rag procession, 1957

First football team, 1900

First football team, 1900

 

Members of the Hartley Institution football team, 1900

Netball team, 1928-9

Netball team, 1928-9

 

Members of the netball team, 1928-9

First XI cricket team, 1943

First XI cricket team, 1943

 

Members of the First XI cricket team, 1943

Men's athletics team, 1946

Men's athletics team, 1946

 

Members of the men's athletics team, 1946

Women's lacrosse team, 1953-4

Women's lacrosse team, 1953-4

 

Members of the women's lacrosse team, 1953-4

Boat club, 1962-3

Boat club, 1962-3

Members of the boat club, 1962-3