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Art Exhibition, Sat 23 Feb - Fri 19 Jul 2019

Something Fierce

Something Fierce


From 1964 ‘Something Fierce’ emerged in Essex – a new University determined to look to the future and break with tradition.

Something Fierce explores the bold, brutalist sixties architecture of the Colchester Campus and the academic vision that it upheld. The founding Vice-Chancellor Albert Sloman might have provided the blueprint for the University of Essex, but it was the students who shaped the University and made it their own. The tools for them to activate Essex were provided: progressive lecturers working at a freer, more daring and experimental university whose integrated architecture brings everyone together for study and socialising. With the components in place for a forward-thinking university, this sometimes disobedient university has been defined by 50 years of students thinking for themselves.

The exhibition includes architect’s model and plans, examples of our carefully made concrete, photographs – and archival film footage, ephemera and student memorabilia from the May ’68 prostests on campus.

The Hexagon, one of the iconic buildings built at the birth of the University, hosts this exhibition, curated by Professor Jules Lubbock and Jess Twyman.

Come along and find out more about what’s so very beautiful about Essex’s brutalism.

Admission is by appointment. Please ring or email Jess Twyman on 01206 872074 or

Cash PointCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsPicnic siteRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitalityHelicopter landing

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Sat 23 Feb - Fri 19 Jul 2019


By Appointment Only

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If approaching the University from London and the South via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester Central. If approaching from Ipswich and the North on the A12, take the exit marked Colchester. Follow the signs to the University. Once on campus you should follow the signs to the Visitors Car Park. You may park in any of the car parks providing you are displaying a valid parking permit. Disabled parking is available in the Visitors Car Park

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By Train:
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By Taxi:
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Parking: free


  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing

Parking available.