Mathew Prichard, grandson of the legendary murder mystery writer Agatha Christie, has officially opened the newly refurbished library at UWC Atlantic College, which now bears his grandmother’s name.
The Agatha Christie Library has benefited from major structural refurbishments and technological investments. A significant proportion of the work was funded by donations from The Mousetrap Settlement Trust, which is itself primarily funded by the international royalties of Christie’s murder mystery play, The Mousetrap.
Mr Prichard CBE DL, who is widely recognised as one of the foremost patrons of the Welsh arts, was joined by Only Boys Aloud, who provided a special performance for benefactors to the library, college Governors, staff and students from across the world.
Guests were also treated to performances by the college’s Acappella choir and Theatre Arts students, who marked the 125th anniversary of Christie’s birth with an enactment of scenes from The Mousetrap.
Before unveiling a specially commissioned bust of Agatha Christie, Mr Prichard reflected on the library project and his family’s connection with UWC Atlantic College, saying:
“I am proud to have been at least partly responsible for this library. It has been a wonderful experience to have been associated with UWC Atlantic College and its students for the past 50 years.”
Mr Prichard also remarked that The Mousetrap has been translated into many languages and therefore he, “could not think of a more appropriate cause than UWC Atlantic College,” that has 350 international students from over 90 nationalities speaking a range of languages and dialects on campus.
The Long Gallery of the Library was also refurbished following a generous gift from Winnie Kwan, class of 1991 and housed a gallery of images of the library from the 1930's through to the current day.
Students have already started to use the library and gallery in readiness for their up and coming exams this May.