A NEW £1.9 million science centre is to be built at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire to mark the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the Jesuit school.
An appeal for £2 million has been launched to pay for the centre, and for a theatre and swimming pool at Stonyhurst's two preparatory schools, St Mary's Hall and St John's Beaumont, Old Windsor. Major General John Hopkinson, chairman of the appeal, said £958,000 had already been raised towards the target.
As well as the new science centre, Stonyhurst College will develop its information technology department, and a new art department with facilities for pottery, ceramics and silk screen printing will be set up.
The school will celebrate its 400th anniversary in 1993, and the following year marks the 200th anniversary of its move to Stonyhurst. President of the appeal is Sir Joseph Weld, whose ancestor Thomas Weld gave his Lancashire home to the Jesuits in 1794 when the school moved from Liege.
Fr Michael Campbell. Johnston, provincial superior of the Jesuits in Britain, said mass at the order's church in Farm Street to celebrate the hunch.