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Shuttleworth College (Bedfordshire)

Shuttleworth College
TypeFurther education
Academic affiliation
Bedford College
PrincipalIan Pryce

Shuttleworth College is a further education college in the village of Old Warden in Bedfordshire, England. The college is part of Bedford College, and mainly offers courses and training related to agriculture and the natural environment.

The Mansion House at Shuttleworth College


Shuttleworth College[1] was founded in 1944 as part of the Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth Remembrance Trust. Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth, the owner of the Old Warden Estate in Bedfordshire, England was killed in 1940 while serving with the Royal Air Force. He had a keen interest in farming and estate management; after his death, his mother - Dorothy Clotilda Shuttleworth - established a trust[2] in his memory. The two principal objectives of the Trust were the establishment of the college at Old Warden Park in Bedfordshire and the development of the Shuttleworth Collection – the unique museum of veteran aeroplanes, cars and other vehicles situated next to the park.

The college enrolled its first students in 1946 and soon established its place as a national centre for agricultural education. The existing buildings at Old Warden Park provided teaching and residential facilities in the early years of the college. From 1960 to 1990 the college campus was extended by the provision of specialist teaching facilities including lecture theatres, laboratories and a conference hall, plus machinery, livestock and agronomy teaching centres. Residential accommodation was also added for 150 students to supplement that available in existing rooms at the park.

In 1988 the college joined Cranfield University, at the time Cranfield Institute of Technology. In 1996, all operations of Shuttleworth College were formally merged with Cranfield's National College of Agricultural Engineering at Silsoe, Bedfordshire, and the Old Warden campus was closed. However, the Shuttleworth Trust re-established the college in 1997, in partnership with Writtle College.[3] Since this time Shuttleworth College has generally been a provider of further education. In August 2009, Shuttleworth left Writtle College, and became part of Bedford College.[4]

The college today

Shuttleworth now specialises in agricultural and environmental education. Courses range from work-based training and leisure programmes to full-time courses up to higher education level. Subject areas include:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Countryside
  • Fisheries
  • Floristry
  • Horse Management
  • Horticulture
  • Outdoor Adventure

There are also short courses and tailor-made corporate training programmes.

The college is in Old Warden Park, which has the Shuttleworth Collection, and the "Swiss Garden".


  1. ^ Cranfield University (16 October 1992). "Shuttleworth College Graduation Book 16 October 1992, Cranfield University Archive". Cranfield University. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2008.
  2. ^ "Shuttleworth Trust". Archived from the original on 22 April 2001. Retrieved 9 April 2008.
  3. ^ Brian Welti (1 September 2002). "Shuttleworth Trust". Shuttleworth Trust. Archived from the original on 22 April 2001. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Shuttleworth College". Bedford College. Retrieved 27 August 2009.

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