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March 2016

Campus maps through time

(31 March 2016)

In partnership with the School of Environment, Education and Development, The University of Manchester Library has recently digitised a unique collection of historic documents encompassing original campus maps, development site plans, architectural drawings and historic student guides – in a project called Campus Maps Through Time.

This set of material, drawn from various sources in the Library’s Special Collections and the University Archives, spans the 190-year history of the University and will help to foster engagement with its history and heritage.

This collection covers the early Owens College period, the Victorian-era University, the emergence of the Fallowfield campus of student halls, the building of UMIST and the 1960s expansion of the Education Precinct.

The maps and plans are of great value for academic research on the growth and development of city neighbourhoods and higher education campuses, and for teaching in geography, planning, architecture and history. They are also critically important for University History and Heritage projects, which seek to understand the University’s complex history and engage audiences with our past.

To access the collection, visit:


historic campus map