The Guildhouse Trust,  was formed in 1925 to promote adult education in Rugby. The house itself was built in the middle of the nineteenth century and was  for many years the home of Matthew Holbeche Bloxam, the Rugby antiquarian. It was purchased by former Rugby School pupils as a memorial to Dr. John Percival, headmaster of the School from 1887 to 1895 and then Bishop of Hereford until his death in 1918.

Dr. Percival was a pioneer of adult education, particularly for those whose previous educational opportunities had been limited. It was therefore a fitting tribute that the house bearing his name should become the home of the Percival Guildhouse Trust.


The PGH is a registered charity, run with the supervision of the Executive Committee, a team of  volunteer trustees elected by the PGH members annually at the AGM. Funding comes from course fees, donations and bequests and a wide variety of fund raising activities.

You become a Member of the PGH when you enrol on one of our courses. You then have the right to vote at AGMs and other meetings and have a say in how things are run.


Classes at the Guildhouse are taught by qualified professionals or others who are recognised authorities in their own fields. Their fees, plus all other running and maintenance expenses, are met from student fees and a wide variety of fund raising activities, grants and gifts. We are lucky to have the support of a number of volunteers whose contribution helps us to minimise costs.
The day to day running of the PGH, including administration and development of the academic programme, is carried out by our helpful administrative team. They work part time and are supplemented by volunteers who man the Office during the evening class times. The Trustees, or members of the Executive Committee, meet frequently to determine policy relating to matters such as  accommodation and development.

For names of current Executive members, administration, and caretaking staff, click on Our Staff.