Commercial feature: Milestones in history of University of Bolton

Commercial feature: Milestones in history of University of Bolton

Bolton Mechanics Institute in 1868

Bolton Tech completed in 1941

Building Deane campus

Princess Margaret’s visit in 1970

Working at tables in the 1950s

Working with textiles

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AS The University of Bolton celebrates 190 years of history, we look at its journey from 1824 to the present day

  • July, 2014 The Rt Hon Lord Justice Ryder becomes the second Chancellor 
  • April, 2013 HRH The Princess Royal opens Bolton One — a new health, leisure and research centre 
  • January, 2010 The Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE DL DPhil LLD becomes the first Chancellor 
  • September, 2008 HRH The Earl of Wessex opens the new Social Learning Zone, and celebrates the opening of a new campus in Ras al Khaimah, UAE 
  • 2005 The Privy Council gives approval for the title The University of Bolton 
  • Professor George E Holmes is appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University 
  • 2004 Bolton Institute of Higher Education becomes Britain’s newest university 
  • 1995 Bolton Institute of Higher Education receives research degree awarding powers 
  • 1992 Bolton Institute of Higher Education receives its own taught degree awarding powers
  • 1981 Bolton Institute of Technology merges with the College of Education (Technical) to become the new Bolton Institute of Higher Education. The Art College joins a year later 
  • 1970 Princess Margaret opens the Bolton Institute of Technology new buildings at the Deane Road campus 
  • 1964 Bolton Technical College divides into two organisations — Bolton Technical College and Bolton Institute of Technology 
  • 1952 Bolton Technical College new building opens on Manchester Road 
  • 1926 The much-expanded Technical School becomes Bolton Technical College 
  • 1892 The new Bolton Technical School opens 
  • 1868 Bolton Mechanics’ Institute’s new building and Arts and Industrial Exhibition is opened by novelist Anthony Trollope 
  • 1857 The School of Art is established 
  • 1825 Bolton Mechanics’ Institute is founded to provide educational opportunities for working people in Bolton, and art classes begin 
  • 1824 Bolton Mechanics’ Institute is inspired by the development of Mechanics’ Institutes in London and Scotland
  • This story appeared in a special University of Bolton 190th anniversary supplement, which you can download here: University of Bolton 190th anniversary.pdf

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