This section of the site will hold articles about the campus and the various buildings - both on and off-campus. Founders, of course, dominates the site and this part of the website includes information about its history and the various parts of it that are open to the public (from time to time). The alumni area of the site will also include infromation of interest to those who either had a room there for part of their time or who have fond memories of it for some other reason.

To current students (and even more so to the Fire Brigade) it will seem unthinkable that all the gas fires were a principal source of heating during the '60s and 70's. The fires were also very useful for making toast and cooking anything else that could be supported vertically.

Over time this section will hopefully be expanded to include more details about other buildings and locations around the college, whether new buildings that have been introduced over the years or older buildings that have disappeared since men were first admitted to the college.

The Founders building is the heart of the College. As soon as you enter the grounds through the main gates it strikes you in all its glory. Many alumni were struck by it when they arrived for their interview or when they first started their course and spent many hours in it during their student days. There were reported hauntings on some of the upper floors and the clock tower always let you know that time was passing.

History

 The beautiful gilded chapel includes sculptures by Ceccardo Fucigna and a fine 3-manual organ. The Chapel is non-denominational and there are a variety of services and events held including Choral Evensong from the 1662 prayerbook, Compline and Catholic masses, with music usually playing a central role. Royal Holloway is also the only university that still maintains a tradition of sung morning services.

The Collection of paintings was to provide an essential element for the fulfilment of Holloway's ideal of a first-rate educational establishment. The importance he placed on the Collection illustrates a typically Victorian belief in art as the ultimate civilizing influence. Like literature, art could teach; not only in the obvious sense of portraying a moral lesson, or illustrating an edifying text; but, in its own unique and inimitable way, through the medium of visual beauty. A picture collection of the first quality would add the ultimate refinement to a programme of education for young ladies.

The quads were typically those places you passed through when travelling from one part of Founders to another but they also provided a venue for the occasional event such as a poetry reading or summer tea.

Click image for "Founders from the Sky"

 

Founders Video

Founders Video

Click the picture or the text to view - two different videos

Every picture has its story

Many of you who were around in the late 60s and early 70s will remember Stuart Watson who was Social Secretary while he was a student.

You'll find a number of photos of him on the site -two of them are reproduced here along with the cover from his new book.

The book includes some pieces about his early years at Royal Holloway that some of you will find interesting.

You can find more information on his Facebook page and on his Stuart Watson website