On 4 April, Professor Miles Taylor from the Department of History, University of York, U.K. visited CUHK. He was writing a paper on the university campus development around the world in 1960s, and CUHK was one of his research objects. Ms. Sintra Tsang the University Archivist received Professor Taylor on that day. She showed him the campus development video in the University Gallery, and shared the story “from barren hills to University town”, including the selection of campus location in the early days, the unification of three founding Colleges in the Shatin campus, as well as the campus design and planning, etc. Ms. Tsang also introduced Professor Taylor some relevant historical resources for his research, such as the Vice-Chancellor’s Reports in 1960s and 1970s, CUHK Development Plan Preliminary Report published in 1964, and campus maps in CUHK Calendars of different periods.
Built on a hillside and adjacent to Tolo Harbour, CUHK has the largest and most stunning university campus in Hong Kong. The landscape of CUHK has been constantly changing in the past half century, therefore the stories behind the architecture in the campus are worth exploring and savouring.
香港中文大學籌備委員會討論校園校址及建築文件 (1961) (香港政府檔案處藏，參考編號HKRS457-3-14) – 中大籌備委員會提出五個選址方案，分別是香港島、威菲路軍營(今九龍公園)、龍翔道、清水灣道，和紅梅谷(大圍)，而當時委員會建議新亞書院和聯合書院搬到紅梅谷，與崇基學院相隔一段距離。香港政府檔案處藏有更多有關1960年代至1970年代中大校園發展的檔案，例如檔案類別HKRS338。
Chinese University of Hong Kong – Appointment of a Preparation Committee to Consider the Sites and Buildings for the Proposed University (1961) (Source: Government Records Service, HKSAR Government. Record ID: HKRS457-3-14) – The Committee proposed five locations for the new Chinese University i.e. Hong Kong Island, Whitfield Barracks (now the site of Kowloon Park), Lung Cheung Road, Clearwater Bay Road, and Southern End of Shatin Valley (Tai Wai), and recommended the last one, where a distance apart from Chung Chi College. The Government Records Service has kept quite a lot of records about CUHK’s campus development in 1960s-1970s, such as the record series HKRS338.
|《香港中文大學概況》内的建設計劃全圖 (1975) – 新亞書院和聯合書院均已遷入沙田校址。|
The “Master Development Plan” in CUHK Calendar (1975) –
New Asia College and United College had moved into the Shatin Campus.
The campus map in CUHK Facts & Figures (2009)