2 – Brunel University’s Opening Ceremony
Discovery Trail 2 (Eastern Gateway Building Display Cabinets, University Archives)
Brunel University’s Opening Ceremony took place on 4 July 1968 with Lord Beeching, who had been a member of the Governing Body of Brunel College of Technology, performing the ceremony. As the University had no hall to house the gathering, a large marquee was hired. The marquee became known as the ‘air-house’ because it required the continuous use of air pumps to maintain its shape. It was erected in the central area of campus where the library now stands and seated about 1,000 people.
The ‘air-house’ was used again a week later, 12 July, for the first end-of-session Degree Congregation to be held on the new campus.