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SIMMARIES, The History of St Mary’s University Twickenham Book Launch

Date:
Wednesday 30th June 2021
Time:
6pm
Venue:
St Mary’s University Chapel

Join us at the University Chapel for the launch of SIMMARIES, The History of St Mary’s University Twickenham.

St Mary’s University is a well-known institution playing a major part in the life of Britain and welcoming many students from overseas. Today it sits in its splendid setting at Strawberry Hill alongside the Thames, with its magnificent sports facilities.

What is perhaps less well-known is its history. Its beginnings, in the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign, were at Brook Green, in what was then the semi-rural suburb of Hammersmith. It survived through two world wars and much social change, and in the 21st century enjoyed a part in the Papal visit. It is in many ways a rather heroic story. The early students were young men, from families who were themselves not at all well-off, who trained as teachers for what were then known as Catholic Poor Schools. They knew they would earn very little money teaching children whose families were desperately poor and often illiterate. Thus were laid the foundations of a network of Catholic schools across the country - a rich inheritance for the generations that followed.

Over the years, and most notably following its move to Twickenham in the 1920’s, St Mary’s flourished and grew. Its expansion to University status in the 21st century has opened a new era.

This event is free to attend but booking is required due to venue capacity.

Purchase your copy of SIMMARIES

As we marked our 170th anniversary last year at St Mary’s, it is a good time to celebrate our history with this lively history portraying the experiences of Simmarians down the years. Joanna Bogle has provided us with an entertaining and informative account of life at St Mary’s down the decades. Prof John Charmley, Provost

About the author

Joanna Bogle is a Catholic journalist and broadcaster and the author of sixteen other books, including Newman’s London: A Pilgrim Handbook, all published by Gracewing. She has a degree in Theology and a great love of London.

SIMMARIES, the history of St Mary’s University, chronicles the full background of the establishment, in celebration of its 170th anniversary in 2020.

Joanna Bogle began her writing career on the Richmond Herald newspaper, later moving to the Surrey Comet and then writing for a range of newspapers including the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail.

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Date:
Wednesday 30th June 2021
Time:
6pm
Venue:
St Mary’s University Chapel

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For more information about this event please email conferences@stmarys.ac.uk or call 020 8240 8219.

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