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Concerns over college’s future (From The Northern Echo)

HERITAGE chiefs have raised concerns over the future of historic buildings and artefacts at a 200-year-old Catholic seminary which is set for closure.

Ushaw College, near Durham City, will close in June, amid declining rolls and increasing financial problems.

Along with 380 acres and a range of fine Georgian buildings, the college owns more than 40,000 books, medieval manuscripts, papers, the archive of the English College at Lisbon from 1628 to 1971 and an extensive collection of books on and by Cardinal John Newman, who was recently beatified.

Last year, Durham’s World Heritage Site partnership said it was worried the archives could be moved or divided.

Now Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage (EH), has written to Archbishop Vincent Nichols, leader of England and Wales’ Roman Catholics, expressing concern.

via Concerns over college’s future (From The Northern Echo).

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