University of Westminster at the heart of the swinging sixties

Our Little Titchfield Street building was an important venue in the 1960s, and a series of posters from this era are reproduced in the slide show below. Reproductions of these posters are also on view at the Little Titchfield Street Campus. These screen-printed posters were designed and produced by students to advertise gigs organised by the Students’ Union of the Regent Street Polytechnic and its successor, the Polytechnic of Central London (PCL).

The Union booked many up and-coming rhythm and blues, folk, psychedelic and rock acts, and even hosted the first UK performance by Jimi Hendrix. Architecture students Roger Waters and Nick Mason held rehearsals for their band Sigma 6 in the student common room here at Little Titchfield Street, and would later return with Pink Floyd to play in our grand art deco Portland Hall in 1967 and 1968. These eye-catching posters reflect the wider cultural changes of the time, with influences from mod, psychedelia and hippie culture, and with references to contemporaneous magazines such as IT and OZ. Members of the Centre have also created a spotify playlist of some of the groups that played.

Slideshow

View a slideshow of images from the exhibition.

Spotify playlist

Playlist of tracks from bands featured in the exhibition.