St Matthias, Bristol

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St Matthias
Stmatthias.JPG
St Matthias, Bristol is located in Bristol
Location within Bristol
General information
Architectural styleGothic Revival
Town or cityBristol
CountryEngland
Coordinates51°29′04″N 2°31′48″W / 51.4845°N 2.5299°W / 51.4845; -2.5299
Construction started1851
Completed1852
Design and construction
ArchitectJohn Bevan
 
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St Matthias
Stmatthias.JPG
St Matthias, Bristol is located in Bristol
Location within Bristol
General information
Architectural styleGothic Revival
Town or cityBristol
CountryEngland
Coordinates51°29′04″N 2°31′48″W / 51.4845°N 2.5299°W / 51.4845; -2.5299
Construction started1851
Completed1852
Design and construction
ArchitectJohn Bevan
The Lodge at St Mattias

St Matthias (known colloquially as St Matts) is one of the campuses belonging to the University of the West of England. The campus is located in the suburb of Fishponds in Bristol.

History[edit]

The campus was previously a teacher training college, originally called the Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Training Institution for School Mistresses, which opened in 1853 and is now the humanities campus for UWE.

The original buildings were constructed in 1851-2 by John Bevan with Jonathan Clarke, in a Gothic Revival style. The building was extended in 1903. Today it is a grade II listed building[1] and the Lodge is listed Grade II.[2]

Departments and courses[edit]

St Matthias is home to departments within the faculty of Creative Arts, Humanities and Education, including:

Buildings and facilities[edit]

The campus has some attractive[who?] Victorian Gothic buildings, and is set around a quad. The campus has also a refectory, a gymnasium, a Students' Union bar, a library and on-site accommodation.

Activities[edit]

As home to the department of Drama, several small theatre companies exist on the campus. The Bristol Centre for Performing Arts bases its drama group here, as does the UWE Drama Society. The Regional History Centre is also based at St Matthias, and consists primarily of members of the department of History.[3]

Planned closure[edit]

The university plans to close the campus by September 2014, with operations on the site ceasing on 4th July 2014 [4] as a part of a relocation project. The plan is to consolidate the various departments of the faculty of Creative Arts, Humanities and Education from St Matthias and Bower Ashton to move to new facilities at Frenchay campus.[5] Leaving St Matthias would save money that is spent on maintaining the old buildings, which can be instead invested into teaching and resources.

The project's planned facilities will be new lecture and seminar rooms and specialist facilities for drama and media students.[6]

The project was originally intended to be completed by September 2011, but the time frame was extended at the time to September 2012.[7] It was revealed in August 2011 that the completion of phase 2 of the project was under review and the September 2012 open date was no longer planned.[8]

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