Brian Cantor
Our 50th anniversary is a significant milestone in our history and development. It provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our rich past, and look forward to an exciting future, as we continue to develop as one of the world's great technology universities.”
Professor Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford

50 Years, 50 Stories

From rowing across oceans to negotiating in the Middle East, working in remotest Uganda to winning University Challenge, we are releasing 50 videos throughout 2016 telling the diverse stories of our students, alumni, honorary graduates, staff and office-holders.

Each video provides a glimpse into the life of the interviewee, showing how they were shaped and influenced by their experience at the University of Bradford.

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The University of Bradford was granted its Royal Charter in 1966, but our journey started 134 years earlier in 1832, with the opening of the Bradford Mechanics Institute.

This timeline will take you on that journey through to the present day, showing some of Bradford's key innovations, people, events, and culture.

Click to see the changing face of campus

City Campus has changed and developed a lot in the 50 years since the University was created, with new buildings, facilities and landscaping.

Click on the images below to compare the 1960s campus with today.

Richmond Building new Richmond Building old

The Amphitheatre

Home to the Students' Union's Party on the Amp, and to summer days spent sitting out in the sun, the amphitheatre lies between Student Central, the J.B. Priestley Library, and the Theatre in the Mill.

In the years since the first photograph was taken, the halls of residence on the right have been replaced with MUGA sports pitches, windows have been added to the library, Pemberton Building has been built, and Horton Building has changed shape!

The Amp now The Amp then

Richmond and re:centre

A once unobscured view of Richmond Building has been replaced with the re:centre in the Bright Building - one of the most sustainable buildings in the world.

Richmond Building from far away now Richmond Building from far away then

Theatre in the Mill

The vision of the original landscapers is realised. Weeping willows have grown from the saplings, and the amphitheatre's green carpet is a magnet for students and staff alike on a hot, sunny day.

Theatre in the Mill now Theatre in the Mill then


See more pictures from the last five decades of the University of Bradford, and find out how to get your pictures featured, in Your Memories.