Pioneer inspires new Lancashire forensic science lab

Pioneer of forensic science Doctor James Brierley Firth
Image caption Dr James Brierley Firth led the way in the creation of a regional forensic science service

The University of Central Lancashire has officially opened its new £12.5m forensic science building named in honour of one the subject's founders.

The Preston facilities, named after Dr James Brierley Firth who came from the city, were unveiled by members of his family.

His surviving daughter said naming the building after him was a great honour.

The building will be used by students researching forensic science, fire engineering and chemistry.

Forensic science degree

Jessie Collinge, Dr Firth's surviving daughter, said: "I know he would've been overwhelmed to receive such an accolade and all the family are thrilled to know future forensic scientists will be learning in a fantastic building named after him."

Dr Firth was the first president of the national Forensic Science Society after becoming the director of the North West's first forensic science laboratory in Jordan Street, Preston, from 1938 to 1958.

He led the way for the creation of a regionalised forensic science service for the police, the university said.

The University of Central Lancashire said it was the first university in the UK to offer a dedicated BSc (Hons) forensic science degree, in September 2000.

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