Since I joined as ROSL Editor in March 2017, I have tried to make sure the website is updated every weekday with news on what is going on at the club and at the branches, the events that have been happening and are coming up, giving you an inside look at the behind the scenes workings of the staff, picking out interesting articles from the Overseas archive, and marking important and interesting anniversaries throughout the year. Hopefully, these daily snippets have kept you all interested.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Diana Owen as Director-General; who will take up her appointment on Monday 4 December.
Diana Owen brings extensive experience of working in the not-for-profit sector, with the National Trust, and for the last ten years, as Chief Executive of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) in Stratford-upon-Avon, a global hub for Shakespeare fans everywhere. Diana has grown the SBT’s national and international profile and reputation, leading significant cultural and capital projects in Stratford and with partners worldwide. Read more
Ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (2018 CHOGM) meeting in April next year, UK Prime Minister Theresa May took to the stage at the UN General Assembly, alongside Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, to announce the theme and priorities for the summit: 'Towards a Common Future'. Read more
Last night saw the culmination of the 2018 ROSL Annual Music Competition, with four exceptional young musicians competing for the chance to win the Gold Medal and £15,000 first prize. The Queen Elizabeth Hall was filled with the sounds of Chopin, Enescu, and Rachmaninov as Florian Mitrea piano, Emmanuel Bach violin, Michael Mofidian bass-baritone, and Jonathan Radford saxophone, performed for HRH Princess Alexandra, ROSL members, guests, and music industry professionals. Read more
Margaret Adrian-Vallance delves into the past to discover the significance of ROSL’s great fireplace.
In 1702, eight-year-old Richard Francis was the only son and heir of Sir Nicholas Shireburne, head of a wealthy Roman Catholic family that harboured long-standing religious and dynastic ambitions. They live at Stonyhurst Hall in Lancashire, an Elizabethan mansion with many chapels, grand staircases, corridors wide enough to drive down and a recently planted maze in which Richard played. Read more