20 Bedford Way, or the new university of Watermouth?

Now, this item from the “Reporter” October 1975, an IOE publication, made me chuckle when I first came across it, but seems even more comical since I’ve been reading “The History Man” by Malcolm Bradbury. Anyone who has read the book will remember the descriptions of the campus designed by Kaakinen, a fictional Swedish architect. Kaakinen’s “concept” extends to the minutest details of the interiors of the university building. Unfortunately the glass ash trays in Watermouth university were stolen during student occupations. It is thought that Bradbury based his fictional campus on the University of East Anglia, which was designed by no other than our very own Denys Lasdun, interesting…

If you fancy a quick, fun read, The History Man is available in the Literature Collection (right at the back of the library, in the Teaching Room, next to the group working rooms).

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