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Heritage Project - What it means to Rossallians

Our most iconic buildings date from the mid-nineteenth century. The Sumner Library, Big School and the Chapel of St John the Baptist are all listed buildings, noted for their architectural importance. Time has not stood still and these buildings are now in need of urgent repair. The Heritage Project will safeguard our most iconic buildings for future generations of Rossallians. The project provides an opportunity to come together as a community to ensure we leave an enduring legacy, one that will serve to inspire our boys and girls to develop a life-long appreciation of the architectural beauty that we have the privilege of enjoying. The Heritage Project will also ensure that the buildings are fit for purpose long into the future. The Foundation is launching an appeal to ask for support to safeguard the Chapel and Big School. These buildings have been identified as having the greatest urgency and so will form the first stage of the appeal.


The Chapel

The Chapel has been the place where many Rossallians have discovered their faith or found comfort in times of sadness. It is the case that those of no faith, or still searching, tend to retain an enormous affection for a building within which they find peace and a sense of community. Many Rossallians return to the Chapel to celebrate baptisms and weddings. In times of crisis, Rossallians are inclined to seek the divine within this extraordinary building.


Big School 

The chart topping singersongwriter and Old Rossallian, Tom Gregory (MF 2007-14), remembers taking his first tentative steps towards stardom on this stage. There is a mystery inside Big school that I still can’t quite put my finger on. It’s simply magical. It was my first and still my most nerve racking musical performance to date! It really beats any arena or festival I’ve played anywhere in the world. We are so lucky to have this as part of our DNA at Rossall.

Take a look at our video below where we spoke to Rossallians about what these buildings mean to them. 

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