On 6th of October 2016, the Year 12 literature class enjoyed part of the Warwick Words Festival. The festival comprises two weeks of events around the town and our students joined the talk by Juliet Barker based on her most recent biography titled Charlotte Bronte: A Life in Letters in the impressive main hall of the Lord Leycester Hospital. Students took notes, greeted the author, bought the book, had it dedicated to Trinity Catholic School and it is now, in the school library waiting to feed the hunger and curiosity of other students. After the talk, students had a VIP tour of the premises by one of the brethrens (retired soldiers disabled in the service of the Queen who lodge with their wives at the Lord Leycester Hospital). “Hospital” here is not what first appears: it means hospitable, charitable institution.
Students toured the 445yr-old historic building and enjoyed the artifacts and photos in the war museum and then closed the visit in grand fashion with a convivial lunch at the Brethrens’ historic tearoom.
Through the visit, our students were able to bring together many strands of their learning through exposure to the 19th century author, the contemporary biographer addressing a mixed audience, the cultural heritage of England, appropriately taking place in the picturesque historic building in nearby Warwick.