Bretton Timeline

Bretton Hall, educational institution 1949-2001, complied by Susan Daniels  Susan taught at Bretton Hall College 1987-2001 ( English, interarts and education) completing the time as Head of the School of Education   After merger in 2001 she remained on the campus as a lecturer for the University of Leeds and became Head of the School of Performance  and Cultural  Industries which had been   Firmed in 2001.   In 2007 the campus closed and activities moved to Leeds.    This timeline is drawn from wider research into the history of Bretton Hall College And is a work in progress   Susan can be contacted  on  s.m.daniels@leeds.ac.uk

For a very comprehensive timeline of the Hall and estate, pre 1949 written by Richard Flowerday,  CLICK HERE

Timeline 1949-1955

1949-Bretton Hall College of Education was founded by Alec Clegg education officer of the west riding of Yorkshire as a training college for teachers of music art and drama. Clegg had a clear vision of progressive education to rebuild the country.   Https:alecclegg.com

1949- John Friend appointed The first principal John Friend  was a maths specialist who sought to establish a college with an academic community ethos and wider community interaction. It was  intended for the training of teachers of music, art and drama via one or two year courses

September 1949 – Opened with 56 teacher trainees and 7 full time staff, all living and working in the former stately home of the wentworth/ Beaumont family.  

One or two year courses with main subjects of music, art, or drama  and shared courses in education, English and movement 

1952 – Martial Rose appointed Head of English;  Head of Drama;  Head of Education.

During the next 10 years  specialisms added  including environmental studies, textiles, outdoor  activities and mathematics and offering three year degree programmes.

Timeline 1955-60

1956 – the ‘New Hall’ (later known as ‘College Hall’) was built close to the Stable Block, and used as an Assembly Hall, Lecture Room and Theatre.

1958 –  The government began planning for an ambitious expansion programme for Teacher Training Colleges.   At Bretton, the West Riding County Council committed itself to a programme which would allow the number of students to be increased from 155 to 300.

1959 – Estate House was first used to accommodate from fifteen to twenty students;  a few other students lodged with local families in Bretton Village.

One or two year courses with main subjects of music, art, or drama  and shared courses in education, English and movement 

 

Timeline 1960-65

1960s – A building programme which included student hostels took place, which freed the mansion building for teaching and staff.

  1. – College adopts university calendar

1962/3 building programme : library, lecture theatre, science wing, dining hall, student hostels

1962 – images of the new buildings click here         More about the new buildings

1963 – Architect’s plan of the Hall and new buildings click here

1963/4:  300 students. Three year course = 75%students.  Mains= music/ art craft /needlework and dress making/ drama/English/Music/science

1964 – New mains for junior training = maths and biology

1964-79 Bretton hall college of education ( teacher training) West Riding County Council 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Alyn Davies (former Principal of Bretton Hall) at the Gala Dinner

Timeline 1965-70

1965 affiliated to university of Leeds for award of degrees of the university ( four year Bed) 

1968 John Freind retires

1968 Filming of some scenes of ‘Women in Love’ at various locations around the lakes

1968  Dr. Alyn Davies appointed Pricipal

 

 

 

Donated by Donald Craig

Timeline 1970-80

1970 –  opening of nature trail with public access 

1973 –  collegiate academic awards 

1975 –  BA programmes validated 

 1977 – -WMDC buy deer park to form Bretton country park 

1978 –  awards drop term ‘ collegiate’ 

1981

John Taylor – 1981

Timeline 1980-90

1980-81 –  (interim) Daphne Hale 

1981-93 – Dr John Taylor appointed Principal

1988 –  HE incorporation act

1/489 new form of governance : incorporation Principal also becomes chief executive and vice principals replaced by directors 

Bretton hall including 200 acres, lakes, woods, equipment.   Schools who had bought into using lakes cease to do so 

 

 

Timeline 1990 – 2000

1990-2001. Brettonhall  College of Higher Education.  Independent Corporation  

1991 opening of NAEA

lease of  dearne mills in Darton Barnsley for textile department 

1993 policy decision to extend into Wakefield

1993-2000 Professor  Gordon Hartley Bell appointed Principal

Purchase ‘world of suits’  in smith street – powerhouse one , theatre 

Purchase 23 smith street workshops – 23 smith street theatre design   studio 

Lease unity house smith street/ west gate. For  music 

1994 purchase colonial buildings Peterson road – powerhouse two : art and design  studios, education space , student open learning space, staff space

1995 –  purchase manygates maternity hospital – atalier space , social work and counselling, student accommodation, study  and social space 

Wakefield sites linked to Bretton hall by bus service

1997 – commencement of merger talks with university of Leeds  

1999/2000 – audit of college finances for  merger 

1995 purchase manygates maternity hospital – atalier space , social work and counselling, student accommodation, study  and social space 

Wakefield sites linked to Bretton hall by bus service 1997 commencement of merger talks with university of Leeds 

1999/2000  audit of college finances for  merger 

July/ August  2000 suspension of principal, finance director and academic director 

Acting principal: Professor  David Sugden appointed from school of education at Leeds 

1/8/ 2001 merger of Bretton hall with university of Leeds 

Timeline 2000-2007

July/ August  2000 –  suspension of principal, finance director and academic director 

2000-2001 – (interim) Professor David Sugden appointed as Principal

2001 –  merger of Bretton hall with university of Leeds 

2002 –  new access road to YSP and visitor centre designed by Fielden and Clegg

December. 2004 –  university determines campus not viable and puts  up for sale    .Restructuring of the School  of Performance and Cultural Industries   linked to a case for relocation to Leeds

March 2006 launch of university of Leeds Wakefield campus : space for ex Bretton Hall  College access social work and counselling course plus private study space 

June 2006 Bretton campus purchased by Wakefield MDC .

September 2006  Manygates Wakefield purchased by acorn homes for flats and offices  –

YSP take over estate, lakes, Kennel block, long sides gallery and NAEA

2 May 2007 –  last teaching on  Bretton campus 

Weekend4-6 May 2007 – celebration of education at Bretton  curated by students 

August 2007 – closure of Bretton campus 

Timeline 2007- 2020 under construction