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A snapshot of 1978

In this year at Warwick:

  • The merger of the University with the College of Education was completed.
  • The University of Warwick Newsletter dated 5th June 1978 included the following article:

    Campus renamed

    Please note that the names of the University sites have been changed. They are: Central Campus (formerly Main Site), Gibbet Hill (formerly East Site) and Westwood (Formerly Coventry College of Education).

John Hutton died in 1978. He was born in New Zealand and came to the UK in 1935. He met Basil Spence, architect of Coventry Cathedral, during the Second World War while working at the army camouflage unit at Farnborough.

After the war, he produced a number of murals and received commissions for engraved glass at the Cathedrals of Guildford and Coventry. The engraved designs of angels on the vase are taken from those on the West window of Coventry Cathedral.

And in the world:

  • The world’s first test tube baby was born in Greater Manchester.
  • Pope Paul VI , dead at 80, mourned (Aug. 6); new Pope, John Paul I, 65, dies unexpectedly after 34 days in office (Sept. 28); succeeded by Karol Cardinal Wojtyla of Poland as John Paul II (Oct. 16).
  • Sony introduces the Walkman, the first portable stereo.



Front cover of the prospectus for the new Institute of Education
for 1978-9.


John Hutton | Untitled | 1974 | Glass