File: International Society

Scope and Content

The file contains material relating to two different groups which catered for the needs of overseas students in Manchester. Most of the material concerns the University's International Society, set up in 1966 to support social and welfare services for the University's foreign students. This Society was originally located in the Manson (International) Centre on Wilmslow Road, but later moved to 84 Plymouth Grove, the former home of the novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell. The Plymouth Grove building was occupied from 1970 when it became known as International House.

Much of the material in the file concerns plans to raise funds to renovate the Plymouth Grove residence for the Society, and includes architectural and conservation reports about this building. The file includes minutes of meetings of officers of the Society. There is a smaller body of material about a separate organization the International Club (later Centre) set up in 1938 to act as a social centre for the foreign students. This as not a University body, but the Vice-Chancellor was one of the Club's patrons. The International Centre appears to have been defunct by the late 1960s.

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