Iconic Old College Building Set for Major Restoration

Aberystwyth University’s iconic Old College is set for a major restoration after it was earmarked for over £10M in contributions from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Old College originally opened its doors in October of 1872 as the first home of the University of Wales. At the time, the building played host to a grand total of 26 students, shared between 3 teaching staff. Over 8000 students now attend Aberystwyth University annually, and whilst the Old College now mostly plays a secondary role to that of the other of the town’s campuses, it remains a quintessentially recognisable part of the Aberystwyth coastline.

Plans are expected to include a performance and gallery space for artists, exhibitions and musicians, a centre for entrepreneurs and new businesses, as well as café and community rooms. It will also house a museum to display a wealth of artefacts from across the university’s collections, and a new science centre will showcase cutting-edge interactive displays alongside a planetarium and 4D facility.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, is quoted as saying: “Old College has played a starring role in the provision of higher education in Wales and wider world. Our hope now is that Old College will become a showcase for the excellent research, teaching and treasures of Aberystwyth University, while providing vibrant new facilities for visitors and the local community who are key partners in this venture.”

With planning underway, it is hoped the revamped building will open its doors in 2022, in time for the university’s 150th anniversary.

 

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