Monday, 09 May 2011
HRH the Duke of Gloucester will officially open the University of Worcester's City Campus this week.
The former Worcester Royal Infirmary has been carefully and thoughtfully restored and converted to modern educational use.
The main infirmary building has been named after Sir Charles Hastings, who founded the British Medical Association in 1832 in the boardroom. It houses bright new teaching spaces, computer labs, and conference facilities. From later this year the building will host a permanent exhibition and educational centre celebrating Worcester’s medical past.
University staff involved in business and regional development, widening participation and the Worcester Business School have also been relocated to the City Campus, principally to adjacent Mulberry House, which once served as the doctors’ residence and which has also been painstakingly restored.
The first phase of the City Campus also includes two high quality student halls of residence and a cafeteria open to all. The historic Jenny Lind Chapel has been fully restored and will soon be graced by a new stained glass window funded by the Nurses’ League, which will commemorate the work of the nurses at the Royal Infirmary over so many years.
A new feature in the restored buildings is the McClelland Centre for Health and Well Being, which is named after Miss Mary Jane McClelland, the matron who established the nurses’ library at the Worcester Royal Infirmary. The Centre has already begun with providing a variety of classes and therapies to improve physical and mental wellbeing.
The University’s Chancellor HRH The Duke of Gloucester, will perform the official opening ceremony at 3.30pm on Thursday, May 12 before he attends the annual Worcester Lecture at the Cathedral later that evening.
University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green, said: “These buildings are an important part of the history of Worcester and the very place where the British Medical Association was founded. They have been sympathetically restored so that they can once again play a part in the lives of the City residents.”