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04th April 2014

Exeter turns 700

Exeter College officially turned 700 today. Students, fellows, staff and alumni gathered to celebrate, and were joined by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten of Barnes, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, the Rector-elect, Professor Sir Rick Trainor, and the Dean of Exeter Cathedral, the Very Revd Dr Jonathan Draper.

Celebrations began with a formal procession into the Sheldonian Theatre, led by the Chancellor.

There followed music by Exonian Sir Hubert Parry and singing from Exeter College Chapel Choir, augmented by members of Exeter’s alumni, and remarks from the Rector, Frances Cairncross, the Rector-elect and the Chancellor.

Exeter College Chapel Choir, augmented by Old Members, sings I Was Glad to music scored by Exonian Sir Hubert Parry


A splendid lunch was enjoyed in Hall…

…which spilled over to the Front Quad.


Guests then attended a choice of three lectures on the theme of Visions for the Next 700 Years, before being presented with the most extraordinary cake!

The Vice-Chancellor praised Exeter’s contribution in Oxford and far beyond and the Dean of Exeter Cathedral reflected on the long-lasting ties between Exeter College and the west country.

It was wonderful to have so many alumni and friends of Exeter back in College, sharing jokes and experiences with current students, fellows and staff.

This evening there will be a celebratory concert in the University Church with the Oxford Philomusica and Exeter College Chapel Choir. The celebrations continue throughout the weekend and we look forward to welcoming even more alumni back on Saturday and Sunday.

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