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HRH The Princess Royal visits Birkbeck, University of London

Visit marks 100 years since Birkbeck joined the University of London

HRH The Princess Royal unveils plaque
(r) Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal unveils a plaque to commemorate 100 years of Birkbeck joining the University of London. (l) Professor David Latchman, Master, Birkbeck

Birkbeck’s world-leading research into the early signs of developmental conditions such as autism and four medieval texts rediscovered in the College’s archives and brought to life for 21st Century audiences through animation, were among the displays seen by HRH The Princess Royal today, during a visit to Birkbeck College to mark its 100th anniversary of joining the University of London.

HRH The Princess Royal, who is Chancellor of the University of London, also viewed artefacts from Birkbeck’s archives and visual displays depicting: the historic influence of women at the College; Birkbeck during World War II; and its long history of educating refugees. HRH met academics and students from across the College, including from its award-winning, present day project which helps refugees and asylum seekers into higher education.

Following a tour of the displays led by Professor David Latchman, Master of Birkbeck with Baroness Bakewell, the College’s President and Sir Andrew Cahn, Chair of Governors, HRH unveiled a plaque to commemorate the visit and 100th anniversary.

Commenting on the visit, Professor Latchman said, “It was an honour to be able to showcase some of Birkbeck’s groundbreaking research, alongside artefacts from our archives to HRH, The Princess Royal. I was also delighted that HRH was able to meet staff and students. Joining the University of London was an important milestone in our near 200-year history of educating working Londoners. Birkbeck is proud of its membership of the University of London - one of the world’s best known and highly-regarded higher education institutions.”


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