A Blast From the Past! The Best Old Photos from Sussex University

Sussex University was first established as an education company in 1959. Its iconic red-bricked campus in Falmer, designed by Basil Spence, has seen decades of memories being made. These days, there are more than 13,000 students at Sussex, hailing from more than 100 countries from across the globe. The campus is ever-changing, but some old favourite features (like the meeting house, the regular protests, and the excessive amount of beer) still remain. Here are some of the best photos from throughout the years – expect fashion disasters, lots of wine, and a sense of overwhelming nostalgia.

If you have any cherished photos of your own time at Sussex, be sure to add them to the Sussex scrapbook on Flickr.

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Paul McCartney accepts his honorary degree, 1988

 

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Musical drama society march, 1983. By Harry Puckering

 

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Graduating in 1983. By Harry Puckering

 

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Anti-Thatcher demo in 1980. By Liz Somerville

 

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Graduation in 1979. By Karen Rennie

 

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Handsome chaps in 1978. By Ellen O’Dwyer

 

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Studying in Park Village, 1978. By Atul Patel

 

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A Stanmer picnic in 1978. By Ellen O’Dwyer

 

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Students share a meal in 1978. By Atul Patel

 

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Time-out in the sun in 1978. By Ellen O’Dwyer

 

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Leaver’s do in Falmer Bar, 1978. By Gillian Bamford

 

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Fooling around in East Slope in 1977. By Karren Rennie

 

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The cool kids of 1977. By Pat Kingston

 

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Students relax in the sunshine, 1976

 

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Firm friends from 1976. By Karen Rennie

 

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Campfire picnic behind York House, 1974. By Douglas Dodds

 

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Campus in 1972. By Greg Taylor

 

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Arts A in 1971. By Mike Webb

 

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Spring deadlines in 1970. By Mel Lambert

 

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The library and moat in 1966. By Jesse White

 

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The rugby team of 196. By Jim Tomkins

 

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Student house party in Hove, 1968. By Jesse White

 

Campus protests, 1960s. By Jeremy Deller

Campus protests, 1960s. By Jeremy Deller

 

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Battle of Hastings 900 years on joust in 1966. By Jesse White

 

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The Queen meets the union committee in 1964. By Tony Hall

 

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Raft race on the beach. Date unknown. By Mo Foster

 

 

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The graduation ball of 1963.

 

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Daring feats at Falmer House moat, 1960s

1 Comment on A Blast From the Past! The Best Old Photos from Sussex University

  1. Thanks for sharing these wonderfully evocative images. I should just mention that I didn’t actually take the campfire photo, but I am in it. A group of us were snapped by someone doing a photography project on campus, I think.
    Best wishes, and thanks again!
    Douglas Dodds

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