29 June 2005

Centenary History launched in London

The new University History, Steel City Scholars, was given a London launch yesterday, at the Ironmongers’ Hall in the Barbican.

Author Helen Mathers with Richard Carden and the Vice-Chancellor

150 alumni, current University staff and friends gathered for this prestigious reception, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Boucher.

Guests were given the opportunity to buy a copy of Steel City Scholars, and to view a wall display charting the key events, dates and people from the University’s 100-year history.

The group was given a warm welcome by the Master of Ironmongers, Richard Carden, and by the Vice-Chancellor.

Guests were also entertained by accounts from the history’s author, Dr Helen Mathers, and the University’s Registrar and Secretary, Dr David Fletcher, about how Steel City Scholars was compiled, and some of the best stories which arose from it.

Alumni at Ironmongers' Hall

These included making contact with the great-great-grandson of the University’s founder Mark Firth, and alumni memories of the paternoster lift, amongst others.

"My partner and I both thoroughly enjoyed the launch yesterday," said Matthew Freeland (BA History 1996).

"The exhibition was fascinating, and there was a strong turnout from alumni, which demonstrated the strength of feeling that graduates - both young and old - have towards the city and the University."

To order your copy of Steel City Scholars, download the order form in the right-hand margin.