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Faculty of History
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9EF
United Kingdom

James Stirling 1968

The design of the History Faculty building was the subject of a limited competition (1963). The winning design was conceived by James Stirling and the resultant structure is almost identical to the original plans although, after the competition, it was discovered that a part of the original site was unavailable to the University and the building was turned 90 degrees to fit the land available.

The building was completed in 1968 and awarded a R.I.B.A. (Royal Institute of British Architects) Gold Medal in 1970. It is notoriously less popular with students.

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Photographs Jay Berman, 1998

How to visit

The outside of the site is easily accessible, and is within walking distance of most of Cambridge's university buildings. Visiting the inside is restricted to between 12 midday and 1 p.m. Monday to Friday, outside term time only. Call for specifics on +44 (0)1223 335340 or e-mail gen.enq@hist.cam.ac.uk.

The history faculty is right opposite the law faculty building by Foster and Partners (1995).

Books and other web sites


The faculty's web site is at www.hist.cam.ac.uk.

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