The official names of two of our new buildings has been announced:

  • the new Creative Arts Building on our Canterbury Campus will be named after Daphne Oram
  • our building at 1 Meadow Road, Tunbridge Wells hosting the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology is to be named after Lucy Fildes.

Overall, 25 suggestions for building names were received from staff and students. The nominations were considered and shortlisted by the Senior Management Team, and a final decision was made by the Governing Body’s Chairs Committee.

Daphne Oram

Daphne Oram (1925 to 2003) is one of the world’s most celebrated British composers and pioneers in the development of experimental electronic music, creator of Oramics and a former Christ Church academic.

In 1957, Oram created the first wholly synthetic score in BBC history, and in 1958 she was installed as the Director of the new BBC Radiophonic Workshop, which famously produced the Dr Who theme tune as well as many other technical innovations. Its pioneering tape-manipulation techniques would become commonplace in sound-editing facilities across the globe, and its evocative sonic palette remains a primal inspiration for successive generations of DJs, producers, and programmers.

Oram was a tutor at Canterbury Christ Church College between 1982 and 1989, in the then Music Department, where she taught weekly electronic music classes.

We look forward to opening the doors of the Daphne Oram Building to Arts and Humanities staff and students on 28 January. Other students are welcome to view the new building from 4 February. There will be a formal opening of the building in the Spring.

There may be further opportunities to put forward suggestions for naming sub-sections of the Daphne Oram Building in due course.

Lucy Fildes

Lucy Fildes (1884 to 1968) was influential in the field of clinical psychology, mental health and educational psychology, and had strong connections with West Kent. She helped set up a Child Guidance Clinic in Tonbridge, which later moved to Tunbridge Wells, and was a resident of Tunbridge Wells at the time of her death.

Fildes had a long career devoted to the study of learning disabilities and championed the work of educational psychologists in Britain. She contributed many papers to meetings of the British Psychological Society and articles to the British Journal of Psychology. She became one of the Society’s first Fellows, and was the senior founding member of its Division of Educational and Child Psychology. Fildes was awarded an OBE in 1951.

1 Meadow Road was formally opened by Jo Brand last year. A public lecture on the life of Lucy Fildes will be held in the building in due course.