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UNB Memorial Hall’s 100th Anniversary

Sept. 8 - Oct. 27, 2023

Festivities involved a photography exhibition chronicling the history of Memorial Hall, a video showcasing people’s memories and a Memory Book. In addition, Theatre UNB presented scenes from Bard in the Barracks’ Much Ado about Nothing.

Celebrations also included a BBQ, Buskers, live music with the Alex Bailey Swing Band and of course cake.

Memorial Hall has a full and varied history. Built to commemorate the 35 students and alumni who lost their lives in World War I, Memorial Hall was the original home for the chemistry and chemical engineering departments. It also hosted many university convocations and Founders Day events, as well as the annual Christmas Party featuring a puppet show and President Dr. Colin B. Mackay reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Many also remember it as a venue for UNB's famed Red 'n' Black Revue.

Today, Memorial Hall is the hub for the Fine Arts at UNB and home to the vibrant UNB Art Centre, the Centre for Musical Arts and Theatre UNB. It regularly plays host to live theatre, concerts, art exhibitions and more.

people taking art classes in front of Memorial Hal

Summer art classes outside of Memorial Hall, 1949. (UA RG 433 Series 1 no. 193, File 9)

The history of Memorial Hall