Thomas Holloway’s College 1886-2016, 130 years of evolution
College Tour Guide
Opened by Queen Victoria in June 1886, Royal Holloway was founded by Thomas Holloway, a wealthy entrepreneur and patent medicine manufacturer, solely for the further education of women. The College became part of the University of London in 1900 and in 1985 merged with Bedford College, another pioneering women’s college founded in 1849. This illustrated talk will describe the early years of Thomas Holloway’s life and will highlight some of the significant changes the College has seen through the 20th century to the present day.
Richard Williams has been associated with Royal Holloway for over 50 years, working in the Department of Chemistry from 1962 until 1992, before taking on the role of College Tour Guide. He has a keen interest in local history and is currently Vice-Chairman of the Egham-by-Runnymede Historical Society.
General Interest Lecture
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