Thousands of our readers must have taken A-levels at Richard Huish without knowing about the man who gave the college its name. This week there’s a free celebration of the 400th anniversary of the namesake benefactor on November 4th.
This outstanding sixth form college has a fascinating history and was formed from money left in a will by Taunton wool merchant Richard Huish, who made his fortune in London. Richard Huish died in 1615 and Huish Charity Trustees used part of his estate to establish Huish’s School for Boys and a school for girls, in the 1870’s.
These schools developed over the last century into Richard Huish College as we know it today. Principal John Abbott said: “So many people in the local area know generations of friends or family who went through Huish and we are really proud of these strong community links. We are welcoming anyone who would like to celebrate this tremendous milestone with us and learn more about Richard Huish.”
The celebration centres on a talk from Tom Mayberry about Richard Huish’s life and legacy. The talk will be followed by the official opening of the new student social area and conference suite with celebratory drinks and canapes.
The event starts at 6.30pm, in the main College hall, on South Road. Tickets to the celebration are free and available from the College’s online shop accessible via www.huish.ac.uk.