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A snapshot of 1965

In this year at Warwick:

  • The University’s first Vice-Chancellor, Jack Butterworth had been in post for two years at this point.
  • After Jack Butterworth hand-picked ten Founding Professors, the first undergraduate and postgraduate students were admitted in 1965.
  • The University started with a group of buildings including space for academic departments, two lecture theatres, a restaurant, a common room and the Library which had already acquired around 45,000 books.
  • In the first year, Warwick offered 18 UG degree courses.
  • Having been given approval by the government in 1961, the University received its Royal Charter of Incorporation in 1965.

Warwick's art collection began with the gift of several important abstract paintings of which Orange and Lemon with Whites, by Patrick Heron, is one. Patrick Heron worked in St Ives, making large scale, brilliantly coloured abstract paintings that retain a sense of natural forms. Orange and Lemon with Whites is particularly significant since it shows the artist’s working methods. Pencil marks can be seen beneath the paint and show how the artist planned these deceptively simple forms to create a balanced composition using just three colours. This painting was originally installed at the entrance to the Library and can now be found near the back staircase in University House.

And in the world:

  • Sir Winston Churchill was buried.
  • The Sound of Music premiered.
  • The Prime Minister of Northern Ireland and the Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland met for the first time in 43 years.
  • The Gambia became independent from the United Kingdom.
  • Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first person to walk in space.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and 25,000 civil rights activists successfully ended the 4-day march from Selma, Alabama, to the capitol in Montgomery.
  • My Fair Lady won 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
  • Cigarette advertising was banned on British television.
  • The Beatles performed the first stadium concert in the history of rock, playing before 55,600 people at Shea Stadium in New York City.





Jack (later Lord) Butterworth


Patrick Heron | Orange and Lemon with White | Oil on canvas | 1540 x 1697 mm | April 1965