The Beatrice Shilling Building
The science building - which will open in September 2018 - is named in honour of Beatrice Shilling, a British aeronautical engineer and motor racer.
The name was chosen after over 500 staff and students got involved by sharing their favourite names in early February 2018. Four inspirational individuals Elizabeth Blackwell, Rosalind Franklin, Kathleen Lonsdale and Beatrice Shilling were all in the running, with each suggested by colleagues and students during an initial consultation in November 2017.
The Beatrice Shilling Building, known as the Shilling Building, will be a high-quality, technology-led space available for all students and staff, as well as home to our new Department of Electronic Engineering. We want a name that reflects Royal Holloway’s ambition and our students; a name that is both inspired by our principles and looks ahead to our future.
Beatrice was a pioneer as an engineer in the early half of the 20th century when female engineers were extremely rare and her engineering prowess had a direct impact on the outcome of the Battle of Britain for her retro-modification to the Merlin engine.
Beatrice’s achievements, for redefining engineering as well as for racing motorbikes, will not only help to inspire more women into engineering but also help encourage everyone to create new and better ways of thinking. She also has a connection with the local area. In the 1930s, she raced motorbikes and was awarded the Gold Star for lapping the Brooklands circuit in Weybridge at over 100 miles an hour.
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