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Overview and history
The Sidgwick Site is located on the western edge of Cambridge city centre, north of Sidgwick Avenue and south of West Road, and is home to several of the university's arts and humanities faculties. The site is named after the philosopher Henry Sidgwick, who studied at Cambridge in the 19th century.
The site as it is now has its origins in plans drawn up by Casson and Conder in 1952 for making use of land to the west of the Cambridge city centre which was previously used mainly for sports. Much of the site's current architecture derives from these original plans. However, many faculty buildings, especially to the north of the site, have been designed by separate architects with little reference to the coherence of the site as a whole. In July 2002, the old Faculty of English, a converted Victorian villa, was demolished, and a more practical building designed by Allies and Morrison to reflect the needs of the faculty was completed in 2004. The Alison Richard Building, completed in 2012 and designed by Nicholas Hare Architects, brings together a number of different research groups (Interdisciplinary Geographical Centres), the new department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH).
On 29 October 2006, Education Not For Sale supporters at Cambridge University organised the first occupation in the UK in protest at the introduction of top-up fees on the Sidgwick Site Lecture Hall, occupying it for 12 hours. In 2009, Cambridge Gaza Solidarity occupied three lecture theatres and the common area of the Law Faculty.
Although less popular now, the site was formerly a thriving location with the local skateboarding community because of its undercover benches, numerous sets of stairs and L-shaped concrete banks. These features have since been amended to discourage skateboarding.
Faculties on the Sidgwick Site
The following University of Cambridge faculties and departments are located on the site:
- Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
- Faculty of Classics
- Faculty of English, including Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic and The Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics
- Faculty of Music
- Faculty of History
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Linguistics
- Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
- Faculty of Economics
- Faculty of Oriental Studies
- Faculty of Classics
- Faculty of Divinity
- Faculty of Philosophy
- Institute of Criminology
- Centre of Latin American Studies
- Department of Politics and International Studies
The Department of Land Economy is planned to move to the Sidgwick Site in the future.
Food and drink
The site has a Buttery which sells snacks and drinks throughout the day with seating inside and a number of picnic tables outside. There is also an Origin8 which offers a soup of the day, hot paninis and wraps, sandwiches, and snacks, and various drinsk, and a number of food and drink machines along with seating in basement of the Law faculty building. The Modern & Medieval Languages faculty has tea/coffee machines on all floors and a snack machine.
Student Prayer Room
- Lady Mitchell Hall, a large lecture theatre on the site
- Sidgwick Site – official site
- Sidgwick Site (Map)
- The Sidgwick Site on "Buildings, Lives and Legacies" an audio guided tour of Cambridge