Our history

We were formed in 2012, bringing together two former Trusts, the Culham Educational Foundation and St Gabriel’s Trust. The former Trusts were established in the late 1970s after the closure of two Church of England teacher training colleges, Culham College in Oxfordshire and St Gabriel’s College in Southwark, London.

 

Culham College

Culham College in Oxfordshire was founded in 1852 by Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, and trained teachers to work mainly in the Oxford diocese. It closed in 1979. The Foundation, and the Culham Institute, were born as a result, and worked closely with St Gabriel’s Trust on a shared programme supporting RE.

 

St. Gabriel’s College

St. Gabriel’s College was set up in 1899 by Canon Charles Edward Brooke, a pioneer of Church schools south of the Thames. The first Principal was Miss Mathilda E. Bishop. She became the first of the six women Principals of the College. Since the closure of the college in 1978, its work has lived on in the St. Gabriel’s Programme, shared with the Culham Institute.

 

Both trusts have deep roots in the history of the Church of England’s commitment to supporting education for all, and promoting religious education. Culham St Gabriel’s enshrines those values and builds on them today.

Farewell dinner

In July 2018, the Trust said thank you and farewell to two long-standing Trustees, Barbara Lane and Priscilla Chadwick. Photographs of the dinner can be seen here

Culham St Gabriel’s Chairs of Trustees

Dr Priscilla Chadwick 2012-2018

Mr John Keast OBE 2018 –

Directors/Chief Executives

Dr Mark Chater, Director 2011-2019

Dr Kathryn Wright 2019 –

Archive

Culham and St Gabriel’s has produced a significant number of resources and publications in the years following the closure of the teacher training colleges. Many of these are important historical documents, which will be of use to those interested in the history of religious education. If you would like to know more about these publications and productions (including film, video and CD Rom material) please contact enquiries@cstg.org.uk