Prior to the arrival of young women at King Alfred’s College in 1960, the male students were concerned that their ‘monastic community’ would be changed forever and staged a three legged race from Westgate to Bargate in protest. They were of course quite correct and the University of Winchester today is a thriving co-educational community of over 6,000 students which bears little resemblance to the teacher training college of the 1950s.
Despite all the changes in the outward appearance of the campus, the proliferation of courses and the attainment of University status, many of the values that attracted students to King Alfred’s in its early days are still apparent today. An exhibition celebrating 175 Years of World-Leading, Values-Driven Higher Education is to be held at the Hampshire Record Office from October to January 2016. The exhibition draws on the University Archive and highlights themes of values and continuity that have marked the history of a Diocesan Training College that is now a values driven University.
Further information to follow shortly.