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6th August 2015, 10:50am
Alumni event celebrates Lincoln’s success in London
Dr Jonathan Foyle addresses Lincoln alumni Heritage specialist, historian and writer, Dr Jonathan Foyle, delivered a talk to some of the University of Lincoln’s London-based alumni in a special event hosted at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – a landmark hailed as the capital’s most romantic building.

The London alumni reunion, which welcomed former Lincoln students from across the years and a variety of academic backgrounds, provided an opportunity for alumni to come together to celebrate their time at Lincoln, the strides they have made since graduating and the University’s recent developments.

Attendees heard Dr Foyle, a Visiting Professor in Lincoln’s School of History & Heritage, describe his involvement with the University and how his work to preserve Britain’s architectural heritage has intersected with that of the University’s renowned conservation consultancy division, Crick Smith.

The Crick Smith specialists conducted extensive research at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel as part of its major Ł150 million restoration, completed in 2011. For almost ten years, the team investigated many of the original features of the building, designed by the great British architect George Gilbert Scott and originally opened in 1873 as the Midland Grand Hotel. Their detailed paint analysis revealed the historic decorative schemes of the ornate Gothic Revival-style building, and their findings proved crucial to its accurate restoration.    

Ian and Michael Crick-Smith, both Senior Researchers in the School of History & Heritage at the University of Lincoln, led alumni on guided tours of the hotel.

The event was also attended by Professor Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor for the University of Lincoln, and Professor Matthew Cragoe, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts, together with colleagues from across the institution.

Professor Mary Stuart said: “The London alumni event was a very special occasion. It provided a wonderful opportunity for us to reminisce with our former students, and find out about the careers they have gone on to forge since graduating from Lincoln. We were delighted to be able to share the continuing developments being made by the University of Lincoln, and we look forward to meeting many more alumni groups at similar events in the future.”

The London alumni reunion was just one of many planned across the UK over the coming months.

Tim Weaver, who graduated from the University’s Business and Management programme in 2014, said: “Congratulations to the University of Lincoln for putting on a great event. It was a great venue, and nice to speak to other people who went to Lincoln – new and old graduates! I’d love to see another event in London soon.”

Photographs from the event can be seen on the University of Lincoln’s official Alumni Facebook page and on Twitter @LincolnAlumniUK.

For more information on the University of Lincoln’s Alumni network, visit the Alumni website.

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