University of East Anglia: A look back through its history

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It has been part of Norwich for more than 50 years.

IC010 UEA Being Built. Taken on 16/06/67
Panoramic view of the University development taken from

IC010 UEA Being Built. Taken on 16/06/67 Panoramic view of the University development taken from Bluebell Road. Included biology block, terraces of student residences and arts buildings. (From Archive) - Credit: Archant

After UEA landed its highest league table spot to date earlier this month, we've had a look back through its history, using these pictures from our archives.

IC011 UEA Being Built. Taken on 16/06/67
A frontal view of the biology building which is under co

IC011 UEA Being Built. Taken on 16/06/67 A frontal view of the biology building which is under construction. (From Archive) - Credit: Archant

It was in 1963 that, after two tries which failed thanks to a lack of government funding, the university finally opened for its first 87 students.

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First stage of the development of a new Broad at the re

IC012 UEA Being Built - Taken on 08/03/74 First stage of the development of a new Broad at the rear of the UEA. (From Archive) - Credit: Archant

Later on in the decade, some of its now iconic buildings, including the Ziggurats and the teaching wall, began to take shape.

Much progress is being made on the buildings for the University of East Anglia on the site at Earlha

Much progress is being made on the buildings for the University of East Anglia on the site at Earlham, NorwicH. The six verticle buildings shown are students' residence called Norfolk Terrace, 1960s. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

Its famed creative writing course, then the first in the UK, was launched in 1971, while student newspaper Concrete opened in 1973, replacing a predecessor.

A new view of the University of East Anglia taken from the air by EEN photographer Charles Nicholas,

A new view of the University of East Anglia taken from the air by EEN photographer Charles Nicholas, 1968. Picture: Charles Nicholas - Credit: Archant

In 1978, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts opened its doors.

The University of East Anglia Law School. Picture: Archant library

The University of East Anglia Law School. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant


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Chemestry facilities at the UEA, 10th December, 1964. Picture: Archant library

Chemestry facilities at the UEA, 10th December, 1964. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

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Maths and physics at the University of East Anglia. Picture: Archant library

Maths and physics at the University of East Anglia. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

Law class at the University of East Anglia, 1985. Picture: Archant library

Law class at the University of East Anglia, 1985. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

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Thanks to its already strong reputation for climate change research, in 2000 the government chose UEA as its site for the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change.

Student residence at the Univeristy of East Anglia and the new biology building on the right, 1960s.

Student residence at the Univeristy of East Anglia and the new biology building on the right, 1960s. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

One year later, the Sportspark was built on site after a £14.5m grant from Sport England.

Students at the UEA throng the terraces, taking full advantage of the warm, spring-like sun. Picture

Students at the UEA throng the terraces, taking full advantage of the warm, spring-like sun. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

In 2008, the £35m INTO building opened for international students.

The UEA bookshop, 22nd January, 1973. Picture: Archant library

The UEA bookshop, 22nd January, 1973. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

The university hit the headlines in 2009 after computer servers at the Climatic Research Unit were hacked, and stolen information was made public.

The bridge presented to the UEA, 21st May, 1979. Picture: Archant library

The bridge presented to the UEA, 21st May, 1979. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

In 2013, the university marked its 50th anniversary with a string of celebrations and in 2015, the campus played host to Radio 1's Big Weekend music event.

the University of East Anglia, 10th October, 1983. Picture: P.Hewitt

the University of East Anglia, 10th October, 1983. Picture: P.Hewitt - Credit: Archant

So far this year, the Queen has visited the Sainsbury Centre, and sculptor Sir Anthony Gormley unveiled three statues on campus.

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