Lancaster and Morecambe College
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Coordinates: Lancaster and Morecambe College is a further education college situated on Torrisholme Road, halfway between Lancaster and Morecambe, Lancashire, England. Lancaster and Morecambe College has been providing the local area with a high standard of Further Education since it was built in the 1950s.
While the College in its present incarnation has only existed since the 1950s, Lancaster and Morecambe College has actually been in existence since the early 19th century.
The history of the College begins in 1824, when the Library and Mechanics Institute was opened in Mary Street, Lancaster. The College moved from various sites before being re-established in 1891 as the Storey Institute, a recently-constructed premises complete with purpose-built facilities.
The new premises were built on the site of the Mechanics Institute of 1824. It was built to a design by Paley, Austin and Paley, and was paid for by Thomas Storey (which is why it became known as the Storey Institute). It was donated to the town in 1893 as a technical and science school, newsroom, library, art school and gallery and venue for musical recitals. In 1904, Thomas' son Herbert gave £10,000 to extend the Institute up Castle Hill.
When the Storey Institute opened in the 1890s, it took its place at the forefront of the advancement of arts technology and science, thus realising the ambitions of its namesake and benefactor, Thomas Storey. (See under 'Quotes').
In 1953, the College was again re-established, this time on its present site. In 1963, the College was officially opened by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
- "An old idea has come back to me...if anything can be done to give an impetus to the the study and practice of science and the arts, it would be of advantage to the town." -Thomas Storey
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