During the night of 14th November 1940, Coventry’s Cathedral was destroyed and hundreds of civilians killed during hours of aerial bombardment by the Luftwaffe. Next morning across the nation, many voices were calling in their grief and anger for revenge. The Provost of Coventry Cathedral, Dick Howard, responded differently, and in a Christmas broadcast called instead for reconciliation: He said “When all this is over we must reach out to our enemies and together build a kinder more Christ-Child-like world.” Provost Howard’s response sowed the seeds for the Cathedral’s ministry of peace and reconciliation, which continues to this day through The Cross of Nails, our network of over 170 partners around the world working to reconcile communities.
Coventry City Council
Coventry City Council delivers hundreds of services to the city’s residents, from education and roads to licensing and parks. The lively, multicultural city lies at the heart of the UK, within an hour of London and with easy transport links to the whole of the UK. It is rich in culture and diversity – combining world famous history with technology and innovation.
The city has a population of almost 320,000 and two leading universities that bring a vibrant student life. It was recently named as one of the top 10 cities in the country for jobs growth, patents granted and business growth over the past decade and one of only four cities outside the south east where people earn above the national average wage. The future is looking bright for Coventry and its residents – and the Council is proud to be at the heart of it all.
Coventry University is currently the highest placed modern university in both the Guardian and Times and Sunday Times league tables, ranking 15th and 42nd respectively – the highest ever rankings for a post-1992 institution.
Coventry University is a proud partner in Coventry’s legacy as a City of Peace and Reconciliation. Working together with local government, faith and community partners to promote and continue the city’s work as a voice for peace in the modern world. The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations conducts research that has a real impact on improving the lives of ordinary people living in difficult circumstances. Working locally, nationally and internationally helps create safe, secure and connected communities, inspired by the city’s past and invested in its future.
Coventry and Warwickshire Champions
Coventry and Warwickshire Champions unite businesses, organisations and individuals across the area in a powerful network to help develop and promote Coventry and Warwickshire and raise its profile. Champions are proactive advocates for the area who want to help influence how the area is perceived and portrayed, and make sure the area is talked about in the right places and by the right people.
Coventry and Warwickshire Champions are proud, positive and passionate about their place. They recognise the difference they can make by championing the place professionally, publicly and with pride.