University of Westminster

The University of Westminster was founded as Britain’s first polytechnic in 1838. The University of Westminster is embarking on a major redevelopment of its Harrow campus which is aimed at inspiring the student experience

The redevelopment of the Harrow Campus will take place in four key phases. Phase One began in January 2011 with a series of preparatory works to enable the main contract to start in August 2011

This will include refurbishment of floors two to five of A Block and the remodelling of the Learning Resources Centre which is scheduled to be completed in December 2011 and September 2011 respectively

Phase One will also encompass the new Forum building, which is set to be ready for the start of the 2012/13 academic year

Phase Two will encompass the development of the central link and the West Courtyard. This is due to start at the beginning of the summer in 2012

It is due for completion at the start of the 2013/14 academic year

The University of Westminster has always been at the forefront of technological change in the heart of London, providing educational programmes shaped by the changing needs of the capital. It has also contributed to the social and cultural life of London in some remarkable ways

When the University’s predecessor, the Polytechnic Institution opened to the public in the newly fashionable Regent Street in August 1838, it was committed to the promotion of science

It achieved this aim by visual means, exploring innovative ways of demonstrating practical science and new technologies to a general audience. The Royal Polytechnic Institution became a major Victorian tourist attraction

Visitors could be submerged in the diving bell, have their photograph taken in Europe’s first photographic studio, see the new industrial machines in motion, or watch a spectacular lantern show in the Polytechnic Theatre

The Education of the Eye tells this exciting story for the first time, drawing on an extensive range of primary and secondary sources. In keeping with the Polytechnic’s reputation for visual spectacle, it is lavishly illustrated with more than 70 contemporary images, many of which have not been previously published

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