in 1892

Emily Ward founded Norland on 25 September. Her recently discovered notebook, which went missing for almost a hundred years, includes entries which date from 14th May 1892 through to 6th November 1919. The handwritten pages, some of which are on very fragile paper, contain personal insight into the life of Emily Ward who founded the college at its original site at Norland Place, London. 

The black leather bound A5 book contains over 120 pages of first-hand accounts of the founding days of the college, or Norland Institute as it was first known. The diary is also full of newspaper cuttings, invitations and documents which have been carefully secured onto the page by Emily, giving a unique insight to the time. 

Find out more about Emily Ward

  • On 12th May 2017, we celebrated our final year students' Norland Diploma work and our 125 years of heritage. This video was played during the ceremony at the Assembly Rooms, Bath.

  • Pages from Emily Ward's recently discovered notebook dated 25th September 1892, the day the Norland Institute opened.