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12th January 2011, 4:46pm
Loyd Grossman to be honoured by the University of Lincoln
Loyd Grossman TV personality and patron of the arts and heritage Loyd Grossman is to be awarded an honorary degree by the University of Lincoln next Wednesday 19 January.

Grossman, whose TV credits include Through the Keyhole, MasterChef, Behind the Headlines, History of British Sculpture, Loyd on Location and Build Britain, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts.

The honour is in recognition of his contribution to and lifelong passion for history, the arts and heritage.

Grossman is a former Commissioner of the Museums and Galleries Commission, a former Commissioner of English Heritage (where he was Chairman of the Museums Advisory Committee and the Blue Plaques Panel), a former Commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and a founding member of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

In 2007 he was appointed Chairman of The Churches Conservation Trust and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He became Chairman of The Heritage Alliance in 2009.

Principal Lecturer in Conservation at the University Sue Thomas said: “We invited Loyd Grossman to open our undergraduate final year show about 10 years ago. We have invited lots of different professionals from the world of conservation and restoration, museums and historic houses over the years, and Loyd’s speech was one of the most pertinent, informed and engaged with the students. It is still remembered fondly.

“We are delighted therefore that he will receive this honorary doctorate from our University in recognition of his services to the cultural heritage sector.”

Loyd Grossman will be presented with his honorary doctorate in the afternoon ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral where he will join more than 370 students as they celebrate their university achievements with family, friends and dignitaries.

The qualifications awarded will range from first degrees to doctorates and will span subjects from Fine Art to Forensic Science and there will be two graduation ceremonies:

Starting at 10.30am is the ceremony for the Faculty of Food, Agriculture and Animal Sciences; the Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences; and the Faculty of Media, Humanities and Technology.

Starting at 2.30pm is the ceremony for the Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design; the Faculty of Business and Law; the Centre for Educational Research and Development; and the School of Theology.

Graduation ceremonies also take place in September each year.

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