The Opening


These images are from the commemorative brochure published by the City of Manchester Education Committee as the programme for the official opening on the 19th of December 1964.


70’s Selfie


Bob Cliff: Physics Technician late 1970’s

John Dalton Central Block corridor, outside C10 Lecturer Room. It is reversed as I am looking into the blacked out door glass, which is acting as a mirror. (note radiation monitoring film badge)

The door was to, the then recently removed, John Dalton Library. Behind me is the top of the stairs down to the Staff and separate Student Refectories and the Assembly Hall complete with a proscenium arch stage. The Commemorative Opening  Plaque was on the wall outside the Hall.

I think it was taken in about 1979, but may have been 2 or 3 years either or later. I’m sure some people will remember the mural on the corridor leading to the Dean’s Office and the door to the walkway to the ‘New Extension’ building.


Coming Soon!


Coming soon: Sci-Eng50 – an exhibition celebrating 50 years of sciences at John Dalton.

We would like to welcome you to the Preview of the Sci-Eng50 exhibition, please be sure to book your ticket early to avoid disappointment. 

Opened by Harold Wilson in December 1964, the John Dalton Building heralded the dawning of a new age of UK technology. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark event, Manchester Metropolitan University, together with the Manchester Modernist Society and the North West Film Archive, brings you Sci-Eng50- a public exhibition and programme of walking tours and film shows documenting the transformation from John Dalton College into a new university for the city of Manchester.

The exhibition is organised into three clusters: People, Places and Machines. You will have the chance to see the architectural models of university buildings and original architectural drawings of the John Dalton building showing how the site has grown and developed over the past 50 years. There will be images of staff and students throughout the decades as well as archive magazines and publicity. On display there will also be a range of various scientific machines and artefacts from the site. Don’t miss the original guest book from when the site was opened. Sign your name and share your JD memories next to Harold Wilson’s signature from 50 years ago.

Refreshments will be served during the evening.

The exhibition is open 10am – 4.30pm weekdays between 27th October and 21st November, at the Holden Gallery Cafe Space, Manchester Metropolitan University:  See venue information here.

The walking tour will take place on the 25th October starting from the Chester Street entrance of the John Dalton building, find out more information and get a ticket here.

Richard Brook, of the Manchester Modernist Society, is giving a talk in the Manchester Central Library on the 29th October titled Oxford Road; the promise, the planning and problemsGet information and buy your ticket here.

The film screening of The Inquisitive Giant (1957) and Garbage In / Garbage Out (1969) will take place on the 30th Oct. at Manchester Central Library, find out more information and book your ticket here.