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Redbrick: A social and architectural history of Britain's civic universities

William Whyte


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 decade’s research, and based on work in dozens of archives, some of them used for the very first time, this is the first full-scale study of the civic universities 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. This bo ... More

Keywords: Redbrick, civic, university, universities, students, architecture, education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198716129
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716129.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Whyte, author
Professor of Social and Architectural History and Fellow of St John's College, Oxford