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Tribute to Mavis, Lady Dunrossil’s years of public service in Gloucestershire

Published
03.09.2019

Today Mavis, Lady Dunrossil, former chairman of Gloucestershire County Council, cut the ribbon to open the newly completed Gloucestershire Heritage Hub.

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A new training suite within the Heritage Hub, the Dunrossil Centre, is named after her. It will be used for archives and community training, as well as for hosting public events including several community events during the forthcoming Gloucester History Festival.

The name was chosen by the current chairman, Cllr Ray Theodoulou, who paid tribute to Lady Dunrossil’s long and distinguished record of public service in Gloucestershire.

Lady Dunrossil has devoted much of her career to Gloucestershire politics, public service and in particular the education sector. She spent 32 years as a county councillor and was chairman for several years before retiring at the age of 80. She was also Head of History at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, spent 30 years on the governing body for The Cotswold School (including 23 years as chair), and was a governor and chair at Withington Primary School.

She has been a long-time supporter of the Archives Service; until her retirement Lady Dunrossil chaired the ‘Friends of Gloucestershire Archives’, a group who work to protect and promote the rich documented heritage of our historic county. She has also deposited her significant family archives at Gloucestershire Archives, including records from family members who were Gloucestershire MPs, records relating to ‘Shakes’ Morrison (Speaker of the House of Commons) and his wife Alison, who did a lot of public and voluntary work in the county including in the women’s land army during wartime.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for finance and change (whose brief includes Archives), said: “We are very proud of the hard work of staff and volunteers at Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, and the many volunteering, community and partnership projects made possible by the facilities, including the new Dunrossil Centre.

“Mavis has devoted much of her life to public service in Gloucestershire, particularly within education, and has been a long-term supporter of the Archives Service. It seems a fitting tribute to name the new training suite after Mavis and to recognise her many contributions to the county.”

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub is hosting a Garden Party on Sunday 8 September, between 1.30 to 5pm, where visitors can come and see the Dunrossil Centre for themselves, as well as the new community garden, exhibitions, stalls and more. The event is free and there is no need to book.

For more information, visit https://www.heritagehub.org.uk/heritage-hub-events/heritage-hub-garden-party-2019-09-08/

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