campus - december 2000

Welcome to a website for the ever older alumni of Royal Holloway College who were not only students at this fantastic college around about the 70s but also remember, if only vaguely, what a wonderful time they used to have.

Royal Holloway College (“RHC”) used to be a small college (less than 1000 students) located in Englefield Green, Surrey and an insignificant part of the University of London. The College is located on its own magnificent campus close to Windsor Great Park; the campus was dominated by the magnificent Founders building surrounded by parkland.

The College was opened in 1886 by Queen Victoria having been commissioned by Thomas Holloway and built to model a French chateaux. In 1900 the College was admitted into the University of London. For its first 80 years it was a women’s college but in 1965 the first male undergraduates were admitted and in 1985 RHC merged with Bedford College (another small component of London University) and adopted the extended acronym of RHBNC. The college has since continued to grow to become the fourth largest college in London University.  

This website is for those who were students who passed through the portals of the college between 1965 and 1985 which, in recognition of the vagaries of time during that period, have been dubbed "the 70s".

The aerial picture (thanks to Google Earth for that) shows the campus as it was in 2000. The "old" Cameron, Athlone and Williamson halls of residence were still standing. This picture will be replaced as soon as one from the '65-'85 period can be found. Other than the Founders Building and Athlone, Cameron and Williamson Halls most of the buildings shown have been erected since the Bedford merger.

For those privileged to have spent some of the most formative years of their lives there the college will always hold fond, but sadly, increasing vague, memories of the campus, its buildings and the ever changing community of the student body.  This web site will hopefully appeal to those racing towards dementia who now require the occasional memory jogger to recall that they too were once young.

To help maintain the dignity of the aging alumni, areas of the site featuring memorabilia require registration. If you were a student at RHC at any time between 1965 and 1985 then please download the registration guide (available by clicking on the link above the main menu) and go through the registration process. Registration involves a manual stage to check that your name appears on the alumni lists so please follow the guidelines to make this as straightforward as possible.


Click image for "Founders from the Sky"

 

Founders Video

Founders Video

Click the picture or the text to view - two different videos

Every picture has its story

Many of you who were around in the late 60s and early 70s will remember Stuart Watson who was Social Secretary while he was a student.

You'll find a number of photos of him on the site -two of them are reproduced here along with the cover from his new book.

The book includes some pieces about his early years at Royal Holloway that some of you will find interesting.

You can find more information on his Facebook page and on his Stuart Watson website