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The Hartley Institute, which became the University of Southampton, was declared open 158 years ago tomorrow

158 years tomorrow, The Hartley Institute, which eventually became the University of Southampton, was declared open.
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The Hartley Institution in the High Street– the predecessor of the University of Southampton – was declared open 158 years ago by Viscount Palmerston on 15 October 1862. Comprising of a library, museum, and reading room, together with a lecture hall and classrooms, among its earliest activities were public lectures on literature, science and art.