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Dulwich College was re-established on its 70 acre green field site on Dulwich Common in the 1870s.

The main building, New College, was designed by Charles Barry Junior, son of the architect of the Houses of Parliament, in a style which he called ‘North Italian of the Thirteenth Century’. With a Palladian structure as his base, Barry was given free rein to indulge his imagination from triangular gables to a roof of finials, turrets and cupolas. At its opening, the Governors of the College declared it to be ‘worthy of our aspirations and resources’. In 1877, Barry was awarded a gold medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects with New College Dulwich cited along with some of his other major works such as the facade and forecourt of the Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadilly, London.

On the inside, Barry combined traditional elegance with the daily needs of a working school. Dulwich was the first public school to have a dedicated hall for assemblies with all teaching directed towards the classrooms. There were also three science laboratories and a lecture theatre. The great hall and sweeping staircases add a sense of grandeur in keeping with the academic aspirations of the school.

In 2010 the Master and Governors commissioned an architectural 'Master Plan' from John McAslan+ Partners which made recommendations for the best use of the campus and a clear strategic sense of our potential for building on it over the next generation. The refurbishment of the iconic Grade II* listed Barry Buildings (1870) and our ambitious landscaping plans for the campus have now been completed. The Laboratory and its auditorium for visiting speakers and events, brings together the twin cultures of Sciences and the Arts, and is home to alumni Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lifeboat, James Caird, and was the winner of the RIBA London Award 2017.

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North Block, Front Lawn and path
The Laboratory and Memorial Garden
Pitches and The Clump
The Barry Buildings and Front Lawns
The South Block, Clocktower and Laboratory
Aerial view of the College and City of London
The Barry Buildings at night
Aerial view of the College campus and Sports Centre
Ist XI cricket pitch
North Block, Front Lawn and path
North Block, Front Lawn and path

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