Audio description for ‘Take a trip through time’ animated video

Enjoy a whirlwind tour through our 190-year history. We’ll take you on a trip through almost 200 years of change…

It is a cold winter’s day in Preston. On screen we see the words: “Preston eighteen-twenty-eight: The Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge is founded by 24 people.”

Slowly the scene moves down from the skies to ground level. The cartoon animation depicts a scene on the streets of Preston in eighteen-twenty-eight. Smoke is billowing from the tall chimney of an industrial factory somewhere in the distance. A group of twenty-four men are gathered together in front of a row of terraced housing on Cannon Street. Their clothes show that this is the early nineteenth century: they are smartly-dressed gentlemen in long grey suits. Many of them are wearing top hats and carrying walking sticks. We are witnessing the very first meeting which led to the foundation of the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge, which would go through many changes over the next one hundred and ninety years to eventually become the University of Central Lancashire we know today.

We swiftly start to move along the street scene from left to right, leaving the gentlemen on Cannon Street behind. The on-screen numbers depicting the year suddenly begin to change, showing that we are travelling forwards through time.

It’s eighteen-forty-nine now, and we pause briefly in front of a Victorian gas lamppost. A horse and carriage passes along the road before us. A sign fixed to the front of the lamppost reads “The Avenham Institute opens.” We see another animated scene. Two ladies in Victorian attire – one clothed in a long flowing pink dress and the other wearing a shawl and a pink bonnet on her head – enjoy a leisurely conversation with a gentleman in a top hat. Directly behind them we see the Avenham Institute. A long staircase leads up to the front entrance of this grand stone building which is adorned with Corinthian pillars supporting a triangular pediment. The Avenham Building hosted classes in Art and Science at the Institution.

The numbers on screen are changing again – we are moving forward in time once more. We pause briefly at eighteen-eighty-two. A sign on another gas lamp reads: “The Harris Institute” and underneath we see the shield logo of the institution and its motto, “EX SOLO AD SOLEM”, which translates as “From the Earth to the Sun.” The Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge changed its name to the Harris Institute in this year.

The scene changes as we move horizontally to the right. The years are ticking by. We pass through some trees and then suddenly we stop at eighteen-ninety-seven. We can see a young boy dressed in a waistcoat and a flat cap who is waving a newspaper at us. Its headline reads: “Preston opens Jubilee Technical School.” We are in front of a large Victorian red brick building. Eighteen-ninety-seven saw the opening of the Victoria Jubilee Technical College at the Harris Institute. Today people would recognise it as the University’s Harris Building.

As we pass along the front of the building the numbers on screen show us that we are moving forwards in time again. We pause briefly in nineteen-thirty-two: a green Morris Minor motor car passes along the road in front of us along with a double-decker bus with a sign which reads “HARRIS INSTITUTE EXTENDED”. In this year a new extension to the Victoria Jubilee Technical College Building opened.

The years move forwards again. A sign in front of the Jubilee Technical College Building reads “THE HARRIS COLLEGE”, marking the year when The Harris Institute became known as The Harris College. It’s nineteen-fifty-six. A blue van passes along the road; the sign on its side reads “Tom Finney Plumbing Services” – it belongs to the local plumber Tom Finney who became a Preston footballing legend.

We continue along the road from the red brick building. It’s nineteen-seventy-three and we can see the campus transformed by the appearance of a massive long grey glass and stone fronted building which many people will recognise as Foster Building today. A sign springs out of the ground to show that The Harris College has now become “Preston Polytechnic.”

The years are flying by – suddenly we’re in nineteen-eighty-four. Another sign appears out of the ground to show that the name of the institution has changed again, from Preston Polytechnic to Lancashire Polytechnic. The new logo features the red rose symbol of Lancashire.

A large red modern-looking bus rides past, momentarily obscuring our view, and we find ourselves in the nineteen-nineties. A long line of students are waiting to cross the road. They’re wearing winter clothing, with long coats and woollen scarves would around their necks. Some of them are carrying rucksacks and satchels. A crescent moon is rising in the dark skies overhead. We quickly move through the crowd of students and across the ground in front of them.

It’s now nineteen-ninety two and we see a large banner unfurling in front of the large multi-storey Fylde Building as a cyclist rides by. The banner reads “Welcome to the University of Central Lancashire” – Lancashire Polytechnic has achieved university status.

The scene passes over the top of Fylde Building. It’s nineteen-ninety-five now and we can see the Library Building which has recently been extended with the addition of a large dome over the top of it.

We rise into the skies again. It’s two-thousand-and-five and we briefly stop to admire the new “Fifty three degrees” entertainment venue and theatre which opened that year. Cars whizz past and spotlights at the base of the building are shining their beams into the night sky.

We continue moving forward through time. It’s two-thousand-and-eight and we are now in front of the new state-of-the-art Media Factory Building with its distinctive black, green, white and grey tiled exterior.

We pass through and behind the Media Factory. Suddenly we’re in the future. it’s twenty-twenty and in front of us we can see an impressive gleaming glass building with a large sign in front which reads “Engineering Innovation Centre.” This building will be opening soon as part of the University’s ongoing campus Masterplan.

Leaving the Engineering Innovation Centre behind, the numbers which indicate the year we are in suddenly vanish into thin air. We now gaze upon a wintry Preston skyline. We can see a number of the city’s most historic and iconic buildings, including the Brutalist concrete exterior of Preston Bus Station; the Harris Museum and Art Gallery; floodlights emanating from Preston North End’s Deepdale football stadium; an industrial factory; the towering spire of St Walburge’s Church; and the popular concert venue Preston Guild Hall. We can make out some small details in the background, including a row of red telephone boxes and a red stall selling hot potatoes.

In the Preston skyline a crescent moon is high in the night sky. On the screen we can again see many of the buildings which have played a part in the University’s one-hundred-and-ninety year history. Again we see the terraced housing on Cannon Street which housed the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge in the early nineteenth century. We see the grand Avenham Institute Building and the Victoria Jubilee Building which is better known today as Harris Building. Three more animated buildings appear at the front of the scene. We see again the Media Factory Building, the domed University Library and the floodlit Fifty-three Degrees theatre venue.

We then get a glimpse of three more buildings which will be appearing on campus in the near future: the new glass-fronted Social Spaces; the impressive glass-fronted Student Support building with a tree-lined public square in front of it; and finally the Engineering Innovation Centre.

The video ends with us looking out over the Preston skyline. On screen we see the words: “The University of Central Lancashire. Transforming lives since eighteen-twenty-eight.”

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