St Matthias, Bristol

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St Matthias
Stmatthias.JPG
St Matthias, Bristol is located in Bristol
St Matthias, 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
St Matthias, 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) used to belong 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 was later the humanities campus for UWE. As part of a project dedicated to the history of the campus, staff and students both past and present, share their memories of their time on campus.

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 was 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 of the West of England closed the campus in September 2014 (with operations on the site ceasing on 4 July 2014) [4] as a part of a relocation project. The various departments of the faculty of Creative Arts, Humanities and Education from St Matthias and Bower Ashton have moved to new facilities at Frenchay campus.[5]

In March 2014 it was announced that, subject to planning permission, the site would be sold and redeveloped by Barratt Developments for housing and the listed buildings would become a Steiner School.[6]

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