City Lit has recently benefited from a bequest from the Estate of Lisa Pontecorvo
City Lit has recently benefited from a bequest from the Estate of Lisa Pontecorvo.
Lisa Pontecorvo was a social and environmental campaigner, who life was tragically ended in 2008, at the age of 64, when she and her bicycle were taken under the wheels of a lorry on the Holloway Road, North London.
Education played an important part in Lisa’s life, as her father became the UK's first university lecturer in genetics (in Glasgow). She read history at St Anne's College, Oxford, followed in 1966 by postgraduate film studies at the BFI. Latterly she became an archive film researcher, working for BBC/Open University productions, and later on in life took a primary teaching qualification.
Her close attachment to education therefore lives on in her memory, as leaving a bequest from her Estate to City Lit shines a light on her ‘legacy for good’. As we are fast approaching our Centenary, we will ensure that her bequest will form part of our centenary campaign thereby enabling us to champion the long term place for adult education in society, especially for those in challenging circumstances.
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