Our Royal Patron and Royal Heritage

Seashell was originally established as a school for the deaf and the Royal Family has always taken a great interest in our work as a charity.

During her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, Queen Victoria conferred the title of Royal upon the Schools. In 1956 the Royal Schools for the Deaf moved to our current site in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire. Since that time the complex learning difficulties of our student population have become increasingly varied and we reached a point where we were no longer best described as a school for the deaf.

In 2008 the charity changed its name to Seashell Trust and retains its Royal connection through Seashell Royal School Manchester and Seashell Royal College Manchester.

Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was our Patron until 2022.   As we mourn this loss, we are proud to have shared a special relationship with Her Majesty The Queen and we will be forever grateful for her patronage.



The Patron's Lunch

Our charity was one of a select few to be invited to attend the Patron’s Lunch, an iconic event recognising the unrelenting support and service The Queen had given to the community over her reign.

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