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Press Release - 19 October 2006

University to celebrate 40th anniversary with service in Bath Abbey

The University of Bath will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a Commemoration Service at Bath Abbey on Wednesday (25 October).

The service, at 4-30pm, will be preceded by two processions from the Guildhall to the Abbey, the first of 130 guests at 4-10pm and then one of 90 academics at 4-20pm, presided over by the Chancellor, Lord Tugendhat. On both occasions the High Street will be closed to traffic briefly.

The Rev Professor Bernard Silverman FRS will be the guest preacher at the service, which is expected to last an hour.

The music for the service will be provided by the University's Chamber Choir, directed by Dr Michael Painting. Pieces will include works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Peter Aston and Herbert Howells. Dr Peter King, Director of Music at the Abbey, will play the organ.

Also attending are:

• Sir Benjamin Bathurst, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Somerset
• Councillor Roderick Bluh, Leader of Swindon Council
• Mr Andrew Brownsword, the entrepreneur
• Mr John Bush, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire
• Mr Michael Eavis, honorary graduate and Glastonbury Festival organiser
• Brigadier Alastair Fyfe, High Sheriff of Somerset
• Professor Richard Mawditt, the University’s first accountant and later Head of Administration
• Councillor Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst, Chairman of B&NES Council
• The Right Reverend Peter Price, Lord Bishop of Bath & Wells
• The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Mrs Carol Paradise
• Mr Luke Rittner, former Secretary General of the Arts Council

After the service a celebration dinner will take place and the guests will include the astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell, 92, who was given an Honorary Doctorate in Science by the University in 1967.

As well as the service, the University has published a brief history of its 40 years since 1966 and launched a website.

The website gives a chronological history of the University, from its origins in Bristol to its position today in the top ten of UK universities.

The website encourages staff and students, both past and present, and local residents to take a trip down memory lane through photographs and the personal memories of those who watched a university being created, not just with bricks but ambitions and ideas too.

It traces the development of the University’s teaching and research, its students and its sport, as well as its international and business links. There is a gallery of photographs and an events listing, including details of public lectures and a service at Bath Abbey to commemorate the granting of the Royal Charter. A 40th anniversary booklet has also been issued giving details of the University’s development since 1966.

The University would like to hear the memories of people who were involved in the early days on campus, many of whom have remained in the area. Those who want to pass these on can do so by clicking the Send your Memories link on the site or email
Marketing & Communications, or call Claire Hornshaw, Publications and Press Officer on 01225 386319.

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