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Opening of the Pipe Partridge Building

26 April 2010

The opening ceremony for the Pipe Partridge Building took place on Wednesday, April 21st.

The Pipe Partridge Building has been made possible by the great generosity of our donors. It includes a new theatre, a conference suite, a new JCR and 64 high quality student rooms, making it possible to guarantee accommodation for all undergraduate students on the main site for three years.

The Opening comprised of a drinks reception, a ceremony and dinner. The Chancellor of the University, The Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes CH, was scheduled to open the building. Unable to attend on account of the disruption to air travel, Lord Patten opened the building remotely through the use of a video recorded in New York and the LMH JCR and MCR Presidents, Miss Genevieve Clark and Mr Jeremiah Dancy, tugged the cord on his behalf.

The Chair of the Campaign for the University of Oxford, Dame Vivien Duffield DBE, took the first available flight when airspace was re-opened that day to be able to speak at the ceremony, which also included speeches from the Principal, Dr Frances Lannon and the Chair of the LMH Advisory Council, Mr Guy Monson.

LMH student musicians began and closed the ceremony with a bright Tudor madrigal and a piece composed specially for the event by George Chambers (2007, Music).

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