Alumni officer and archivist Julie Brook led a splendid afternoon with a talk about the legacy of Thomas Harper Adams and a visit to the Bamford Library.
We learned that Thomas Harper Adams was a Shropshire farmer who died in 1892 leaving a substantial estate he had inherited from his godfather and brother. He left instructions in his will for the founding of a college ‘for the purpose of teaching practical and theoretical agriculture‘.
The college was built on farmland in 1901 with lecture rooms downstairs and dormitories upstairs and has thrived as an independent establishment ever since.
By contrast the Bamford Library was built in 2002 and officially opened in 2004 with every modern facility for today’s students.
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