This page takes you on a short tour of some of the locations where the events of 1968-70 took place. There have been many changes: the streets of slum housing owned by the University that sparked the Princess Alexandra demonstration in May 1969 have gone, absorbed into the campus. And Senate House is now part of the extended University Sydney Jones library. Click on a photo to enlarge it.
The doors of the former Senate House – no entry now.
The entrance to the extended Sydney Jones library (once the rear of Senate House).
The plaque commemmorating the opening of Senate House is still there. The occupiers celebrated in a different way in 1969:
View of what was once the rear hall of Senate House (looking towards the front entrance on Oxfors Street).
Another view, looking in the opposite direction.
The former front hall of Senate House, looking towards the former front entrance on Oxford Street. Below: what it looked like during the occupation.
21st century students beavering away at their computer screens: the front hall, looking south, today. Note that the balcony has been screened in to create more study areas.
Abercromby Square, looking west from the rear of Senate House.
The iconic view of Senate House from Abercromby Square.
The gazebo in Abercromby Square – now rusting and with paint peeling. This was once the site of the ‘Peoples’ Park’ playscheme.
The Senate House ‘bridge’ across Oxford Street.
The walk way between Senate House and Abercromby Square (once this was Chatham Street, one of the ‘lost streets’ of the university campus).
Senate House with the Barbara Hepworth sculpture.
The Oliver Lodge Physics Laboratory, opened by Princess Alexandra on the same day as Senate House.
The circular Senate chamber where mass meetings were held. It’s currently a building site and no-one is allowed in. It’s going to be taken over by the Physics department as a laboratory of some sort.
And here it is in operation soon after its opening. Swinging sixties – right on!
Melville Place – one of the streets of slum properties in 1968/9.
These student flats have replaced the slum housing on Melville Place.
All that remains of Vine Street today – another of the streets of slum housing in 1968/9.
Vine Street looking south today. New flats have replaced the terraced houseswhich Princess Alexandra visited in May1969 (below).
Vine Street looking north from Bedford Street today. Terraced housing was demolished and five years ago this new Business Studies building was opened.
The Roxby Building was, in February 1969, the scene of the first sit-in on the University campus – in solidarity with a student sit-in at the LSE (below).
The foyer of the Social Sciences building, where the sit-in took place.
The old Arts Reading Room – for some of us our main library and place of work (!). It’s now a departmental building.
Chatham Street. This rather fine building was where many exams were held.