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Lancaster University

The University of Lancaster, known as Lancaster University, was established by royal charter in 1964 which stipulated that Princess Alexandra of Kent be the first chancellor. Princess Alexandra retired as chancellor in 2004 and on her departure, she gave approval for the Chancellor's Medal to be awarded for academic merit to the highest-performing undergraduates and postgraduates. The university accepted its first students in October 1964 and there were initially thirteen professors, thirty-two teaching and research staff, eight library staff and fourteen administrators on academic grades. The university was temporarily based in a lecture theatre and the university's first Junior Common Room were in Centenary Church, a former Congregational church beside the old factory premises of Waring & Gillow, which were used to accommodate the new students. The university moved from the city to the new campus at Bailrigg between 1966 and 1970. The University's art collection began in the late 1960's and was enhanced in 1988 by a substantial quantity of paintings and prints from the Irčne Manton Bequest who was a professor in the science department at the university. The non-British aspect of the holding includes prints by important European artists such Julius Bissier, Eduardo Chillida, Andre Derain, Max Ernst, Joan Miró and Henri Matise.
Artists represented in the main of body of the collection include Norman Adams, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Patrick Caulfield, Elisabeth Jean Frink, Terry Frost, Andy Goldsworthy, Barbara Hepworth, Peter Howson, Albert Irvin, Kenneth Martin, Winifred Nicholson and William Scott.