I think we would all agree that the main campus of the University of Manchester is a bizarre mix of buildings. From the iconic “tin can”, to the odd-shaped Contact Theatre and the futuristic Alan Turing Building, there is a variety of architectural curiosity from all eras. The most charming one, however, is the Old Quadrangle.
The Old Quadrangle is the oldest part of the university, which was built when Owen’s College was first created at the end of the 19th century. Of course, we don’t have any lectures in these buildings, which house the administration of the university. However, the graduation ceremony takes place in Whitworth Hall, which is the building that faces Oxford Rd and is an impressively decorated assembly room.
If you visit Manchester during graduation time, at the beginning of July and in December, you will see happy graduates running around in robes and taking pictures next to the historical buildings. Hopefully, I will be one of them next July. But for now, the only way I would catch a glimpse of Whitworth Hall is during my final exams, as the hall is also an examination room.
When the sun comes out, I like to sit on one of the benches on the little square and escape the usual Oxford Rd frenzy for a few minutes.
The Old Quadrangle | Art & culture
Whitworth Hall, The University of Manchester