Archives Gallery


The University of Gloucestershire first lay down its roots in the 1840’s, offering teacher training at what is now the Francis Close Hall campus.

Our Special Collections and Archives team chart the history of the university and the students who studied here. Open by appointment, they are home to a huge range of photographs, journals, maps, student work, and so much more. You can also see their latest news by visiting their blog

Gaining university status in 2001, the University of Gloucestershire has evolved from a number of predecessor colleges and institutions. This gallery currently features images of our campuses from their collection.

The Special Collections and Archives team welcome donations of material from past students and staff which documents their time here, and if you have any photographs you would like to share please do get in touch, we would love to see them.

Students at St Mary’s learn about horticulture at The Park greenhouse.

Students who studied at St Mary’s from 1863 to 1864.

Fullwood after suffering bomb damage in December 1940.

Studying at the original Fullwood halls of residence at The Park.

Students who studied at what is now Francis Close Hall from 1952 until 1954.

The previous Oxstalls campus from the air, with Cheltenham Road to the right and Oxstalls Lane to the top right of the image.

Fullwood Lodge and gates, with the former halls of residence in the background.

The St Mary’s College dining hall, now the Refectory at Park.

The Gloucestershire College of Domestic Science, which stood on the site of our current Oxstalls campus., around 1956.

Students from the class of 1891-1892 at St Paul’s College, now Francis Close Hall.

Fullwood House, looking from the direction of the lake, flanked by the original halls of residence.

Students from the class of 1963 at what is now Francis Close Hall.

An illustrated plan of The Park in 1965.

The 1911-1913 year group at St Mary’s College.

The previous Oxstalls College building in around 1993.

The College of St Paul and St Mary prospectus cover from 1989-90.

The lecture theatre in the former Pittville campus, which is now Pittville Student Village.

Taken from the Cheltenham School of Arts and Crafts prospectus, 1930-1931. The school was a predecessor of the University of Gloucestershire.

Painting at the Cheltenham School of Art and Crafts from the 1927-1928 prospectus.

Award winning design students from the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, which became the University of Gloucestershire in 2001.

The opening of the Gloucestershire Technical College of Domestic Science, which is now the Oxstalls campus, in 1959.

The front of the main building at Pittville campus.

.