View the timeline of Christ Church’s history and explore our photo archive.
Our story began 60 years ago. In that time, we have helped hundreds of thousands of people transform their lives and achieve their potential through education.
Since starting in 1962 as a teacher training college with just 75 students, Canterbury Christ Church University has grown into a vital source of training for healthcare and teaching professionals, an innovator in STEM education, and a vibrant hub of creativity and talent, while our research has impacted regionally, nationally and internationally as we search for answers to questions that collectively benefit millions of people.
Much of the history of our development has been captured in images and videos. We invite you to explore our rich archive, discovering our past and present through pictures that can say more than words, and which give a real sense of just how far Christ Church has come.
Our University started out as a teacher training college in the 1960s in response to a national shortage of teachers. Today we continue to shape our courses and research around critical social issues both nationally and globally.
This image from the archives shows the construction of the North Holmes Road campus, Canterbury.