College history in bullet points

Westminster College Chapel exterior
Westminster College Chapel Interior


  • 1851: Foundation in London
    • 1851 – 1872: College open to both men and women
    • 1872: All female teacher training college established (eventually called Southlands).
    • 1872: Westminster became a men only college
  • 1914/18 First World War
    • Buildings used as headquarters for Australian, then Commonwealth servicemen
    • Students evacuated to Richmond College
  • 1939/45: Second World War
  • 1940/45: College evacuated to:
    • Aberystwyth
    • Bangor
    • Bristol
    • Cambridge
  • 1944: College bombed on 4th March
  • 1944: Butler Act and Macnair Report published
  • 1948: College rebuilt
  • 1951: Centenary of College, HRH Princess Elizabeth visits
  • 1951: First College history published: The Story of Westminster College 1851 – 1951 by F C Pritchard. Epworth Press 1951. (Available at OCMCH)


  • 1959: College shuts in London and opens in Oxford
    • Qualifications awarded by the University of Oxford
  • 1960: Return of women to Westminster College
  • 1960: College officially opened in Oxford on 21st May
  • 1960s: College buildings on Horseferry Road demolished
  • 1981: Degrees validated by CNAA
  • 1993: Oxford University resumes validating degrees
  • 2000: Westminster College stops running as a separate entity and merges with Oxford Brookes University.
  • 2003: Second College history published: Our Calling to Fulfil: Westminster College and the Changing Face of Teacher Education. Tockington Press 2003. (Available at OCMCH)

A comprehensive archive of the college is available at OCMCH at the Harcourt Hill Campus of Oxford Brookes University.


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