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Photo archive - the turbulent 70s

The 1970s were a turbulent time for the country and universities were not immune to the changes going on around them. Demonstrations and sit-ins were a relatively common feature of student life for British students of the time. One of the most memorable events of the period for Warwick was the month-long student occupation of Senate House in 1975.

Students were occupying the building in protest at rent rises in university accommodation. The occupation continued until police intervened. Between 1973 and 1976, Jake Bernard (BSc Engineering 1973-76) took nearly 3,000 photographs documenting student life. Naturally demonstrations and the occupation featured heavily. Here his photographs capture the atmosphere of the Senate House occupation.

All photos are the copyright of Jake Bernard.

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