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25th October 2015

Alumni celebrate Exeter College’s historic links with the West Country

On Thursday 24 October, 29 alumni and Friends of the College gathered at the Mercure Hotel in the city of Exeter to celebrate and renew Exeter College’s links to the county of Devon and the South-West. This event was inspired by the highly popular drinks reception at Exeter Cathedral in November 2014, when Exeter alumni and Friends gathered to celebrate the College’s 700th anniversary and to meet the new Rector, Sir Rick Trainor, and his wife, Professor Marguerite Dupree.
The event began with a presentation on estate planning given by Max Nicholls, solicitor at South-West law firm Michelmores LLP. This was followed by a lecture by Dr John Maddicott, Emeritus Fellow in Medieval History, on the early history and refoundation of Exeter College. Dr Maddicott’s lecture included new research into the history of some of the College buildings as well as illuminating descriptions of some of the Devonians who became involved in life at Exeter College, Oxford, not least John Prideaux who was Rector of the College for 30 years during the 17th century.
Over dinner, Rector Trainor gave guests an update on life on Turl Street today and reiterated his enthusiasm to be back in a city of such historical importance to Exeter College. Exeter was delighted that the College Visitor, the Bishop of Exeter Robert Atwell, and representatives from the city’s tertiary education college (also named Exeter College), were able to join the gathering.
Exeter College intends to continue these events in the South-West and looks forward to holding a family-friendly gathering in or near the city of Exeter in summer 2017.
Photos are available to view here.
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