Who exactly are the campus buildings named after?

The Roundhouse was named in honour of Chuck Norris

buildings Lancaster names uni

You use these buildings nearly everyday, but do you really know who they were named after?

The Charles Carter Building


Charles Carter, yes it does look like a box

Home to many different seminars and management offices on the upper floors, this building is named after Sir Charles Frederick Carter. Name ring a bell?

Well it could do to some ex students, as Sir Charles was the founding vice chancellor of our university and held the position for 18 years. His visions lead to a fast expansion of the University as he wanted it to be a uni for the whole North West – pretty impressive to say the least.

But why home to management offices? This is mainly because he was very committed to management and business studies.

The John Ruskin Library


That’s one bizarre looking building

Built in 1998, this building holds the Whitehouse collection, consisting of the largest single holding of books manuscripts, photographs, drawings and watercolours by and relating to Ruskin.

Ruskin was classed by many as the greatest British art critic and social commentator of Victorian times.

Rumour has it the illuminati are also hiding 2Pac in the Ruskin Library.

The George Fox Building

That's the building you don't want to see at 9 o'clock

That’s the building you don’t want to see at 9 o’clock

One of the buildings on campus that was built before the 2000’s, this is probably one of the most know lecture theatres on campus.

George Fox (1624-1691) was an English Dissenter, someone who separated from the Church of England. He was the leader in a Christian awakening (Quaker movement). Wondering why this building was named after him? Well so are we.

Faraday lecture theatre complex


This is where most scientific students suffer

This complex is mainly occupied by the Faculty of Science and Technology, as you can guess, the people these lecture theatres were named after are related to science.



Quite the impressive list

Henry Cavendish (no relation to Mark Cavendish), was a scientist and a philosopher. He is known for his expertise in chemistry and physics and his discovery of Hydrogen.



Never knew these glass panels would be of use to me some day

Michael Faraday was an English scientist whose research enabled progression in electromagnetism and electro chemistry. He invented the first electrical motor, which is pretty cool.



Sir Edward Frankland was a chemist, and one of the first to investigate structural chemistry. He also brought light on the contamination of rivers and on water purification.

He also had a pretty sweet beard.

Alexandra Square


The hub of Uni life, or more like where people enjoy the sun?

It might not be a building, but Alex Square was named after the University’s first Chancellor, Princess Alexandra. This area was designed to be the hub of university life.

She’s not someone to forget as she was Chancellor from the foundation of the University right up until 2005. She’s also a patron of many things ranging from choirs to charities, as well as being president of WWF UK. Needless to say, she’s a woman of many talents.