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- 1956

International Students House

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Mary Trevelyan becomes founder of The Goats Club for international students in London, set up to achieve her dream of providing international students with a way and place to meet each other and experience as much of British society as possible. The first meeting was on October 24th 1956 and was attended by 65 students.

It’s a strange name for a club – we know. The story goes that Mary wanted something memorable, not ‘Overseas Students Club’ or ‘International Students Centre’. Stuck for ideas, she was told by an African student that “without people like you we should all be lost goats.” The name stuck, and here we are.