STAFF and residents at an Alcester care home were treated to a talk by historian Pippa Catterall as she explored the rich history of coronations past and present.
Pippa Catterall is a British historian who has been Professor of History and Policy at the University of Westminster since 2016.
A Cambridge graduate with a PhD from Queen Mary University of London, Pippa’s research focuses on twentieth century history and politics, the mass media, conflict studies and nationalism.
During the talk at Cherry Trees care home Pippa explored topics such as the coronation chair, the crown, and other significant aspects related to King Charles’ upcoming coronation.
Residents were able to immerse themselves in the memoirs of past coronations from 1937 and 1953, as well as learning about the coronation oath and what to expect from the ceremony, including the music, guests, and pageantry.
Pippa said: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet the Barchester residents and talk about the forthcoming coronation, comparing it with those that have gone before.
“We are all so lucky to be witnessing this historic event and it is so interesting to explore what the modern version of this ancient ceremony will look like.”
Bex Vernon, resident experience coordinator for Barchester Healthcare, added: “We are excited to work with people like Pippa to bring a wide range of different experiences into our homes for all to enjoy.
“Our varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active and socially connected, providing a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities.”
General Manager, Debbie Osborne, said: “Lots of our residents are huge fans of the Royals so they loved finding out all about the history behind the pageantry of the coronation.
“We can’t wait to see the main event take place, we’ll be looking out for everything we learned about from Pippa’s talk.”