Redbrick: A social and architectural history of Britains civic universities

Hardcover | February 6, 2015

byWilliam Whyte

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In the last two centuries Britain has experienced a revolution in higher education, with the number of students rising from a few hundred to several million. Yet the institutions that drove - and still drive - this change have been all but ignored by historians. Drawing on a decade's research, and based on work in dozens of archives, many of them used for the very first time, this is the first full-scale study of the civic universities - new institutions in the nineteenth century reflecting the growth of major Victorian cities in Britain, such as Liverpool,Manchester, and Birmingham - for more than 50 years. Tracing their story from the 1780s until the 2010s, it is an ambitious attempt to write the Redbrick revolution back into history. William Whyte argues that these institutions created a distinctive and influential conception of the university - something that was embodied in their architecture and expressed in the lives of their students and staff. It was this Redbrick model that would shape their successors founded in thetwentieth century: ensuring that the normal university experience in Britain is a Redbrick one. Using a vast range of previously untapped sources, Redbrick is not just a new history, but a new sort of university history: one that seeks to rescue the social and architectural aspects of education from the disregard of previous scholars, and thus provide the richest possible account of universitylife.It will be of interest to students and scholars of modern British history, to anyone who has ever attended university, and to all those who want to understand how our higher education system has developed - and how it may evolve in the future.

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In the last two centuries Britain has experienced a revolution in higher education, with the number of students rising from a few hundred to several million. Yet the institutions that drove - and still drive - this change have been all but ignored by historians. Drawing on a decade's research, and based on work in dozens of archives, m...

William Whyte is Professor of Social and Architectural History and Fellow of St John's College, Oxford. He is the author of Oxford Jackson: architecture, education, status and style (2006), and editor of several other books, including George Gilbert Scott: an architect and his influence (2014).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pagesPublished:February 6, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198716125

ISBN - 13:9780198716129

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List of AbbreviationsList of IllustrationsIntroductionPart One: 1783-18431. New universities for a new century2. The people and places of the University of LondonPart Two: 1843-18803. Experiments in Ireland and England4. Building the mid-Victorian universityPart Three: 1880-19145. The making of a modern university6. Life in a modern universityPart Four: 1914-19497. Redbrick attacked8. Redbrick inhabitedPart Five: 1949-19739. The expansion of Redbrick10. Buildings and battlesPart Six: 1973-199711. Reshaping higher education12. Students and staff13. Towards a new architecture?Epilogue: Redbrick since 1997Bibliography