Expansion continued in the 1970s after a merger with the Teacher Training College in Wolverhampton, and the Teacher Training College in Dudley. The merger led to the formation of the Faculty of Education, with sites at Compton and Dudley. In the mid 1970s the new Robert Scott Library and student's union building opened, as did the Arena Theatre in 1976. The theatre was built in a disused gymnasium as part of the Drama and Performing Arts Department.


Looking into the front yard in the early 1970s with 'G Block' on the left.


Another view of the front yard showing some of the buildings from 1932. On the left is 'G Block' which was built in 1951.


Looking towards 'B Block' in the early 1970s. 'B Block' and the buildings on the right that run alongside Stafford Street were built in the mid 1950s. Behind 'B Block' is 'C Block', which was built in 1968/69.

Another view across the site looking towards 'B Block'. The wooden huts and the brick building on the far left were once part of St. Peter's School.

The view from 'C Block', looking towards 'B Block' in the early 1970s. The buildings in the right-hand corner were once part of St. Peter's School.
In 1974 the Polytechnic's publicity office was setup under Mrs. Mary Walkins to establish cordial relations with the press and media and to help in the annual recruiting campaign. In the same year the library moved from its old cramped space above 'The Marble' to much larger temporary accommodation on the ground floor of 'B Block'. The new Law Library opened in October 1974 and the Department of Building and Civil Engineering moved to St. Peter's Close Building, displacing Student Services which moved to Stafford Street.
An excellent publication produced by the Polytechnic was the Journal of Industrial Archaeology and Business History, produced by West Midlands Studies.

The editions included articles about industrial history, industrialists, and newly formed museums. The editorial committee consisted of N. G. Coley, J. D. Hunter, Reg Morton, Austin Moseley, W. A. Smith and Malcolm Wanklyn.

Committee members also contributed articles to the journal, as did several well known historians including Trevor Raybould, John Roper, and Norman Tildesley.

The late Austin Moseley, who was Black Country born and bred, and interested in all aspects of Black Country industry, was a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and a brilliant artist and illustrator. He wrote three articles for the journal: Black Country Chainmakers; The Nailmakers; and The Horseley Fields Canal and Railway Junction.

There were six editions of the journal produced between 1967 and 1973.

Austin Moseley was a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. He died on the 2nd October, 2013 at the age of 83.


The primitive television facilities in the Audio Visual Aids department in 'B Block' in the early 1970s.


The Audio Visual Aids department's television studio in 'B Block', also in the early 1970s.


A view of Wulfruna Street in the 1970s.


Part of the IBM 1620 computer at the Polytechnic in about 1970.


Another view of the IBM 1620.


A final view of the IBM 1620.


The Polytechnic had a thriving staff association offering many benefits to members, as can be seen below. Courtesy of David Parsons.


The inside of the staff association membership card. Courtesy of David Parsons.


The School of Art and Design alongside Ring Road St Peters in the 1970s.


The buildings from St. Peter's School that were taken over by the Polytechnic in the 1970s.


'C Block' and St. Peter's School.


Preparing the site in readiness for the Robert Scott Library and the students' union building. Courtesy of David Parsons.


On the left is the Robert Scott Library that was built in 1976 on the site of St. Peter's School.

The library finally moved to a new permanent home with the opening of the Robert Scott Library in 1976. The new building also housed Audio Visual Aids, which moved from 'B Block' and the students union complex that moved from 'C Block'. The building was formerly opened on the 23rd June, 1977 by the Mayor, Councillor Jessie Beddoes.

In 1976 the old gymnasium, which had ceased to be used, was converted into an arts centre under the guidance of the late Phil Tilstone, who had been the first lecturer in drama there, starting in 1967. A new floor and seating arrangements and lighting were added. Phil Tilstone collaborated with the late Dr. Percy Young, the director of music at the Polytechnic to give music students the opportunity to perform at the new venue, which became the Arena Theatre.

In 1977 the Geography Department moved from 'B Block' into the ex-St. Peter's School buildings and was replaced by the newly formed Psychology Department.

The Director, Robert Scott retired in 1977 at the end of the academic year and was replaced by Mr. George A. Seabrooke. Mr. C. J. M. Lee was Deputy Director.

On the 30th May, 1977 a large crane that had been used in the construction of the Civic Centre fell over and struck the polytechnic building. Sadly it killed a road sweeper who had been cleaning the pavement outside the building. Several people including members of polytechnic staff went to his aid, but nothing could be done.


The crane, lying on its side. From an old newspaper cutting from an unknown newspaper.


A close-up view of the crane. Courtesy of David Parsons.


Another view of the crane. Courtesy of David Parsons.


Harold Starr, Geoff Knight, Bev Parker and Graham Cole. Courtesy of David Parsons.


A view of the Carvers buildings from 'C Block' in the early 1970s. They would soon be taken over by the polytechnic.
In 1978, Wolverhampton Teachers' College in Walsall Street was due for demolition to make way for Ring Road St Davids and  Bilston Street Island. The building had to be emptied by July of that year and so the Polytechnic rapidly made arrangements for the staff and students to be housed in adapted buildings in Waterloo Road and on the Dudley site, in readiness for the start of the autumn term. They were to be part of a new Faculty of Education which would be based at Dudley and would include the Technical Teachers department at Compton Park. The Compton Park site was then to be occupied by the Department of Business Studies.

By this time, staff rooms were seen as essential. It had not been possible in the past to find space for many staff rooms, but by the early 1980s the staff to student ratio was 11 to 1. In 1973 it was 5 to 1. Staff productivity had increased by more than 100% and staff rooms were to be the norm. One factor in the reduction of staff numbers was the Employment Protection (Consolidation) Act 1978, which gave employees a large financial reward when accepting early retirement. The so called Crombie retirement compensation amounted to a large sum and so many members of staff scrambled to get it, while it was still on offer.


   
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