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A snapshot of 1988

In this year at Warwick:

  • The University held three degree ceremonies for the first time.
  • Twenty-nine etchings by Manet exhibited in the Library Exhibition Room as part of a touring exhibition organized by the Arts Council of Great Britain.

  • David Hugo was appointed Sculptor in Residence for the Spring and Summer Term.

  • Honorary degrees this year were conferred upon (among others) Sir Shridath Ramphal and Prof. Christopher Zeeman.

  • Warwick’s anonymous benefactor is revealed as Helen Martin following her death in March. Her donations enabled Anglo-American student exchanges, an American travel fund, the construction of a residence specifically for American students (Benefactors), the creation of the Arts Centre and the Jack Martin Residences.

  • The official handing over of the pre-1960 Trades Union Congress Registry files to the University’s Modern Records Centre occurred. (To find out more about the Modern Records Centre follow this link:

  • This year was not a great year for travelling to campus - one major issue during the year was car parking: there were too many cars and not enough spaces! Matters were not helped by delays which were caused by the construction of the two roundabouts at the junction between Kirby Corner Road and Lynchgate Road and at the traffic lights at Charter Avenue and Sir Henry Parkes Road which started on 11th January and went on for nine months.

Donated by Eric and Jean Cass through the Contemporary Art Society, 2012

Unlike the majority of Stallard's work, which is made from carved marble, Around Zero was initially made in clay and then cast in fibreglass. He has, however, used versions of this motif in carved works which convey the paradox of a fluid, flowing, abstract form released from the most solid and inert of materials. The inspiration for the piece came from rubber window strips found in a scrap yard.


And in the world:

  • CDs outsold vinyl records for the first time.
  • The first transatlantic telephone cable using optical fibers is completed.
  • The Films Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Rain Man, Die Hard, Big, Beetle Juice and the Naked Gun were allreleased in this year.
  • The Iran-Iraq war ends, with an estimated 1 million lives lost.

Around Zero

Around Zero | Michael Stallard


A view of campus in 1988