Bangor Normal College

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Bangor Normal College

The Normal College, Bangor (Welsh: Y Coleg Normal) was an independent teacher training college, founded in 1858.[1] It was created through the efforts of the British and Foreign School Society and the educator Sir Hugh Owen, and was funded by £11,000 raised through subscription and £2,000 of Government money. Teaching began on temporary premises in January 1858 and the College opened on its permanent site in 1862.[1] until 1996, when the College became part of University of Wales Bangor. In 1979 it changed its name to Y Coleg Normal, Bangor or in English: The Normal College, Bangor

The term "normal school" originated in the early 16th century from the French école normale.[2] The French concept of an "école normale" was to provide a model school with model classrooms to teach model teaching practices to its student teachers, thus acting as a teacher training institute.[3]

The old Normal campus is situated on the shores of the Menai Strait next to the School of Education and School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences and the closest residences to the School of Ocean Sciences in Menai Bridge. The site has two self-catered halls: Neuadd Seiriol and Neuadd Arfon.

In the 1960s one of the first pro-language campaigns in Wales was by 20 of the college lectures for Welsh salary cheques, led by Owain Owain, which was successful.[4]

The college was originally set up through the efforts of the a local community and Sir Hugh Owen to the tune of £11,000 and £2,000 of government money.

Among renowned students and lecturers are:


  1. ^ a b Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office – Records of the Bangor Normal College
  2. ^ Reginald Edwards (Fall 1991). "Theory, History, and Practice of Education: Fin de siècle and a new beginning". McGill Journal of Education. 26 (3).
  3. ^ "école normale". Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  4. ^ [1] Archived July 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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Coordinates: 53°13′47″N 4°07′53″W / 53.2298°N 4.1313°W / 53.2298; -4.1313