The Owens College Magazine was the first periodical magazine published at Owens College. The first issues were in manuscript form, and disseminated informally to College students. The first manuscript issue came out on October 15 1867 and appeared at fortnightly intervals until a printed edition was launched in March 1868. This issue contained a selection of articles from these earlier manuscript editions (none of which appears to have survived).
The journal appears to have been issued under the auspices of the Student Union. One of the original purposes of the magazine was to foster a stronger College identity, and in particular to encourage closer relations between the main body of students and those in the highly autonomous Chemistry Department. Both day and evening students contributed to the magazine, as occasionally did members of academic staff. The content of the articles was in a much more serious vein than many latter-day student publications. The Magazineincluded reports from the Students' Union and other student societies.
Initially it was produced irregularly and only became a quarterly publication from January 1887 onwards. The series is fully indexed (there is a consolidated index for issues 1-21). In 1894 it changed its name to Owens College Union Magazine. Former reference: UA/25