The Chapel Project

Project Vision

To create a world class heritage centre in the College Chapel that celebrates the history and development of the College campus from the Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods, through the Second World War and from 1951 when Wymondham College was established. 

Purpose
To celebrate the heritage of the campus from the discovery of the Anglo-Saxon Morley Hoard, the Roman settlement, 1920s Golf Course, 231st USAAF Hospital, Teacher Training College and the establishment of Wymondham College.

To create a special focus on the 231st USAAF Hospital (1941 – 1945) and the founding of Wymondham College in 1951; with information, photographic displays and physical recreations of the USAF Executive Officers office (Lt Col Warriner - desk, chair, uniform etc) and the first College dormitory from 1951 (metal framed bunk bed, locker, school uniform etc). 

The Heritage centre will be used as a teaching resource to inspire our students and act as a focal point for visits and events with alumni. 
 
Timeline
For the opening to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Wymondham College in 2021.

Fund raising target
To fully internally and externally refurbish the building and create the heritage centre, we need to raise £100,000.

Download The Chapel Project Fundraising Information booklet

 

Historical Context

Image1The Chapel is the last of 80 Nissen huts built during the Second World War by the USAAF and opened in 1941 as a military hospital. Initially the 77th Station hospital, renamed 231st USAAF station hospital in 1944 served 15 Heavy Bomber bases, a fighter group, Engineers and Quartermaster and Ordnance troops, approximately 60,000 service personnel, as part of the USAAF Eighth Airforce. The doctors at the hospital pioneered new treatments using antibiotics and it was one of the few US military hospitals to treat white and black soldiers in mixed wards. Following D-Day on 6th June 1944, the hospital expanded its capacity from 834 to 1254 beds to accommodate casualties returning from Normandy. Hospital trains brought casualties to Wymondham railway station and they were brought to the hospital by a fleet of military ambulances.  The motto of the hospital was ‘The patient comes first.’ 

After the war, the site was used by the Royal Norfolk Regiment as a transit camp for returning service personnel. In 1947 an Emergency Training College was opened to train men and women, released from the Armed Forces to undergo an intensive 13 months teacher training programme. 1500 teachers were trained in the Nissen huts between 1947 – 1950.

In 1950, Dr Lincoln Ralphs (latterly Sir Lincoln Ralphs), as Norfolk’s Chief Education Officer, persuaded the Education Committee under Alderman Sam Peel, to buy the site to support his vision of creating a state boarding school with the highest academic standards and widest possible opportunities for its students. Wymondham College opened in 1951 and we continue to stay true to our motto ‘Floreat Sapientia’ – ‘Let Wisdom Flourish’.

In the 1920s, the site was used as the Mid-Norfolk Golf Club and significant evidence has been found showing human habitations dating back to the Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. Roman pottery kilns were found when Cavell and Fry Halls were built. The ‘Morley Hoard’ of Anglo-Saxon silver coins were found in 1953 during the construction of the staff houses.  

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

To make a donation please visit www.donatemyschool.com/wymondhamcollege or send a cheque to Wymondham College payable to Wymondham College, Golf Links Road, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 9SZ

 

Bronze Sponsorship        £10 - £500 Sponsorship

  • Personal Name/Company Name on Sponsorship panel located in the Heritage Centre

 

Silver Sponsorship        £500 - £5,000 Sponsorship

  • Personal Name/Company Name on Sponsorship panel (located in the Heritage Centre).
  • Company Logo on Sponsorship panel (located in the Heritage Museum). 

 

Gold Sponsorship        £5,000 - £20,000 Sponsorship

  • Personal Name/Company Name on Sponsorship panel (located in the Heritage Centre).
  • Company Logo on Sponsorship panel (located in the Heritage Museum). 
  • Supporting Text on the Sponsorship panel about your company.
  • Invite to the VIP opening ceremony.

 

Platinum Sponsorship        £20,000 - £40,000 Sponsorship

  • Personal Name/Company Name on Sponsorship panel (located in the Heritage Centre).
  • Company Logo on Sponsorship panel (located in the Heritage Museum). 
  • Supporting Text on the Sponsorship panel about your company.
  • Invite to the VIP opening ceremony.
  • Whole section of the Heritage Museum named after you/your company.

 

Platinum+ Sponsorship        £40,000 + Sponsorship

  • Personal Name/Company Name on Sponsorship panel (located in the Heritage Centre).
  • Company Logo on Sponsorship panel (located in the Heritage Museum). 
  • Supporting Text on the Sponsorship panel about your company.
  • Invite to the VIP opening ceremony.
  • Your name/your company will be  used in the name of the whole Heritage Centre. For example, ‘The Smith’ Heritage Centre. 
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