Diamond Jubilee Exhibition (A look Back) Part 7

card-9-part-1Communal, and formal, dining were central to College life up to the 1960s. Here, c 1913, we see the original Dining Hall of 1860, gas-lit, with the conical hatch to the kitchen shown on Colson’s plans of 1860 plainly visible. This Dining Hall, and the kitchens, were significantly upgraded at a cost of £14,500 in 1953 when Principal Dickinson was delighted to report that the whole College could once more dine together.

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A new Dining Hall was completed in 1962 (Woodroffe, Buchanan and Coulter). Its hyperbolic paraboloid roof (otherwise described by Nikolaus Pevsner as a ‘collapsed- tent roof’) was unusual, while its buttresses and large windows rendered it a neo-Gothic structure.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dining in the 1960s, beneath the hyperbolic paraboloid roof.

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card-9-part-5By 2006, when he took a sledgehammer to the 1962 Dining Hall, Principal Light had become Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester following Privy Council endorsement in 2005.

Light’s university vision included an imposing University Centre, with new Food Hall Dining facilities. Today the University is a leader in promoting local, ethically farmed and procured animal products, and sustainability.

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The dining in the Food Hall occupies a space below a roof which while echoing its 1960 predecessor has been acoustically engineered.

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