A Landmark Uncovered: Senate House to feature in Open House
A Landmark Uncovered: Senate House to feature in Open House London
Being Human festival - University of London hub
Foundation Day 2016
HRH The Princess Royal opens new University of London halls of residence
The University of London’s Grade II* listed landmark Portland stone building, Senate House, will feature in London’s largest annual festival of architecture and design, Open House London.
The UK’s only humanities festival, held over 8 days will run over 250 events across 45 cities, with the overall theme of ‘Hope and Fear’.
Five individuals were awarded with honorary degrees for outstanding achievements in their fields, presented on the night by HRH The Princess Royal.
The new halls of residence combine environmental sustainability with open courtyards and state of the art accommodation
Find out about the latest Being Human festival
About the Garden Halls
On Saturday 16 September 2017, The University of London will provide visitors with an insight into the construction and architecture of its headquarters through tours, pop up lectures and film screenings. There will also be access to Senate House Library, one of the world’s largest humanities collections, through separate guided tours.
London, 23 November 2016 – The University of London last evening awarded honorary degrees to Baroness Tessa Blackstone of Stoke Newington, Michael Hayman MBE, Professor Peter Kopelman and The Rt Hon the Baroness Usha Prashar of Runnymede CBE, PC in recognition of achievements in their respective fields. Charles Perrin CBE Hon FRCP is the first individual to be admitted to the Fellowship of the University of London in its 180 year history.
Designed by British architect Charles Holden, who is also credited with the design of many of London’s Underground stations, the landmark Art Deco building is one of the few buildings in London to boast original 1930s features. It was the University of London’s first permanent home after a century of being housed in a series of temporary premises.
Being Human, is back for a triumphant third year!
The honorary degrees were presented by the University’s Chancellor, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, at the University of London’s Foundation Day. This year’s evening ceremony, which took place in Bloomsbury’s Senate House, marks the 180th anniversary of the creation of the University of London by Royal Charter on 28 November 1836. The festivities also marked the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Senate House. King George V laid the foundation stone on 26 June 1933. The building at the heart of the global city of London welcomed its first occupants in 1936 and was home to the Ministry of Information during the Second World War. From day one Senate House has been a centre for knowledge, ideas, and intellectual debate and continues to be today.
The Chancellor of the University of London, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, officially opened the University’s new flagship halls of residence, Garden Halls, on 25 January 2017.
King George V laid the foundation stone on 26 June 1933 and the building welcomed its first occupants in 1936. Consisting of 19 floors and standing 210 feet high, Senate House was the tallest secular building in Britain on completion and was constructed of the finest materials then available, including Portland stone, Travertine marble, English walnut and South American cypress.
Between 17-25 November activities in 45 towns and cities across the UK will be bringing humanities research to life with over 250 free events. The 2016 programme is themed around ‘Hope and Fear’ and features everything from Martian autopsies in Dundee to ‘phantasmagorias’ in Exeter.
The five remarkable individuals have all made huge contributions to public life and the University in very different ways;
The newly redeveloped halls replace the student accommodation that once stood on the Cartwright Gardens site. The complete reconstruction of the halls and refurbishment of the Hughes Parry Tower began in 2014 following an extensive consultation process and planning approval the previous year. This new building stands as an example of modern student accommodation.
Holden’s attention to detail is absolute – ceilings, ironwork, bespoke furniture, even the drain pipes are little crafted artworks in their own right. It was also one of the first large buildings to be fully heated by electricity. Acknowledged as a structure of great architectural significance, it was listed as Grade II* in 1969. With stunning features like these the building set the scene for many TV series and Hollywood productions such as Black Mirror, Jekyll & Hyde, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises.
Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy – this year Being Human features activities organised by over 70 universities and Independent Research Organisations across the country. This includes seven ‘festival hubs’ in Dundee, Exeter, Swansea, Liverpool, Leeds, Nottingham and London.
Baroness Tessa Blackstone is a Labour Peer and was a Minister of State in Education from 1997–2001 and in Culture from 2001–2003. Her academic career in the social sciences began at LSE and continued at the Institute of Education. Baroness Blackstone held posts as Master of Birkbeck College and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich and currently chairs the boards of Great Ormond Street Hospital and The British Library. Baroness Blackstone was awarded a Doctor of Science (Social Sciences) honoris causa.
Students living in these halls have the enjoyment and benefits of quality accommodation close to where they study, in an area renowned for culture and knowledge. The £140m building offers 1,200 purpose-built rooms to suit students’ varying requirements, from self-catered townhouses to en-suite catered accommodation. The multifunctional common rooms and open courtyards offer bright and inviting spaces to study and relax. The halls also play a central role in the community with local residents able to enjoy the newly landscaped gardens and tennis courts.
必威，During the Second World War, Senate House was home to the Ministry of Information. George Orwell’s wife Eileen worked here and her experiences inspired Orwell’s portrayal of the feared Ministry of Truth in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, which he describes as “enormous pyramidal structure of glittering white concrete, soaring up, terrace after terrace three hundred meters into the air.” Visitors will be able to visit Senate House’s own Room 101 – hopefully a slightly less chilling visit than Winston Smith’s.
University of London Hub – ‘Ministry of Hope and Fear’
Senate House is Being Human HQ and the London festival hub. Playing on Senate House’s history as home to the WWII Ministry of Information, but also on Holden’s vision of the building as a unifying beacon of knowledge in a global city, we are planning to transform it into a ‘Ministry of Hope and Fear’.
Michael Hayman MBE is an entrepreneur, author and campaigner for business. He helped to develop the entrepreneur programme Pitch@Palace founded by HRH The Duke of York and co-founded StartUp Britain, the national initiative for early-stage enterprises. Hayman was awarded an MBE for services to entrepreneurship in 2014. Michael Hayman MBE was awarded a Doctor of Science (Economics) honoris causa.
A partnership was formed with University Partnerships Programme to finance the scheme over a 50-year period, thus enabling the University to free up its resources to improve student services and to focus investment on teaching and research. This multi-million pound development is part of a wider programme by the university to grow its accommodation provision to meet the needs of future generations of students.
Besides being an architectural gem and a literary landmark, Senate House is subject to urban mystification – allegedly Hitler planned to install the headquarter of Nazi dominion in Britain in the building on Malet Street.
Funded by an award from the University of London’s Convocation Trust, we have brought together a packed programme of activities that includes contributions from the School of Advanced Study, UCL, SOAS, Goldsmiths, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Senate House Library and the University of London Institute in Paris.
Professor Peter Kopelman was Principal of St George’s, University of London (2008–2015). He continues to play a prominent role in NHS and higher education health policy and training, chairing national committees and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty Board. He has a longstanding clinical and research interest in diabetes and obesity. Professor Kopelman has provided strong support for the University of London as member and chair of numerous committees and reviews including higher degrees, and Trustee of its Board (2011–2013). Professor Kopelman was awarded a Doctor of Science honoris causa.
The architectural quality and environmental performance of the building have greatly improved. The halls, designed by leading architects, tp bennett LLP and Maccreanor Lavington, are in keeping with the character of the local area and fit well in the Georgian garden square. Garden Halls has achieved an ‘Excellent' BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating, and students will be encouraged to engage in sustainable living as part of the University’s plans to continue cutting carbon emissions.
Senate House Guided Tours
Baroness Usha Prashar of Runnymede CBE, PC is an independent member of the House of Lords and chairs the House of Lords European Union subcommittee on Home Affairs. In 2012 she was appointed Deputy Chairman of the British Council. From 2009–2016 she was the member of the Iraq Inquiry. Her significant previous roles include: Chairman, the Judicial Appointments Commission; First Civil Service Commissioner; Chief Executive, National Council for Voluntary Organisations; Chief Executive, Runnymede Trust. She has chaired a number of voluntary organisations, including the Royal Commonwealth Society. Baroness Prashar was awarded a Doctor of Laws honoris causa.
Her Royal Highness toured the building and met students from across the world, all of whom will be studying at one of the University’s member institutions. She then attended a reception in the new high-spec meeting rooms to meet key people involved with the project. The event closed with the unveiling, by The Princess Royal, of a plaque to be positioned at the halls’ entrance.
25 people per tour, pre-booking at arrival desk required
10.30, 11.00 (Ministry of Information focussed Tour), 12.30, 13.30, 14.30, 15.30
There will be a huge amount of activity around Senate House and local area during the festival.
Charles Perrin CBE Hon. FRCP worked in the City until retiring as Chief Executive of a major Merchant Bank in 1998. During the past 25 years he was successively a Council member and Trustee of the University of London, and Honorary Treasurer of three of its independent member institutions. He has also served as Chairman, Governor or Trustee of a number of medical and other educational institutions, charities and pension funds. Charles Perrin has been admitted to the Fellowship of the University of London as an individual who truly fulfils the criteria for selection: “a person of significant achievement and distinction, who has made an outstanding contribution to the University’s reputation, mission or objects over a period of time”.
The opening was a significant occasion for students, staff and stakeholders alike. Not only did it mark the completion of the building and years of hard work and collaboration, but also the beginning of a new chapter for the halls’ first cohort of intercollegiate students.
Our festival launch on November 17 features pop-up performances from the national programme, a live ‘Hope and Fear’ a Theremin performance from ‘Miss Hypnotique’, mermaids, and Hope and Fear themed food and drink.
Baroness Blackstone, Michael Hayman, Professor Kopelman, Baroness Prashar and Charles Perrin join a growing list of over 550 individuals who have been honoured by the University of London. Over 400 guests attended this year’s ceremony, including staff and students from the 18 independent member institutions of the University.
Chris Cobb, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer said “The transformation at Cartwright Gardens is truly astounding. This is a landmark development that is focused on the student experience providing state of the art, quality accommodation in the heart of London just a stone’s throw from many of the University’s member institutions.
The Ministry of Information worries about Readers and Reading
Professor Simon Eliot, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study11.30, 12.30
We will be offering daily tours of the building, based partly on research into the Ministry of Information being undertaken in SAS. We will be hosting Sound and Fury: an installation will use vintage wireless machinery to bring to life WWII recordings from the British Library’s Sound Archive.
Photos from this year's Foundation Day ceremony.
“Today’s unveiling by the University’s Chancellor is the culmination of a great deal of hard work by countless people across many different organisations. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all, particularly staff at the University and at UPP. This is a day when everyone can feel a sense of pride in what has been achieved.”
Hope and Fear Abroad: The Ministry of Information in Latin America
Dr Chris Bannister, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study
Over at the Warburg Institute, you can experience Humanity and humanities: crisis, rescue and renewal, an exhibition that explores the stories of academic migrants involved in the founding of this unique institution; whilst back in Senate House you can contribute to a living sound archive of the building using artist Hannah Thompson’s Memory Hole Machine.
Sean O’Shea, Group Chief Executive Officer of UPP added: “We are delighted to have completed our flagship Garden Halls development - setting a new bar for student accommodation in the heart of our capital city. Having worked in partnership with the University of London since 2013, we are proud to have delivered this important project that offers exceptional architectural quality and modern facilities through leveraging private investment into the HE sector.”
Senate House Library Tours
On Friday 18 November there will be a ‘Night at the Library’ treasure hunt through the stacks of the Art Deco Institute of Historical Research Library, whilst on Saturday 19 there will be a Street Art Workshop that will bring young people into London’s educational hub to create a mural with London-based street artist James Titchnert, and a chance to relive a First World War era Shakespeare Hut with SAS’s own Dr Naomi Paxton.
15 people per tour, pre-booking at arrival desk required
11, 1.30, 2.30, 3.30
During the second week of the festival you can go to Archive to Blockbuster – which will see four BME historian pitch ideas for films, based on their research, to film industry experts and a public audience. You can also go to Conceiving Histories, to explore the history pregnancy with artist Anna Burel and Birkbeck literary historian Isabel Davies.
On Thursday 24 we recommend that you indulge in some ‘Gastrophysics’ – a night of food, philosophy and physics courtesy of the Institute of Philosophy and the Institute of Physics.
These are just a few of the amazing array of activities on offer. The full programme is available here.