Ribbons and cake cut as uni celebrates 150 years
PLYMOUTH University marked its 150th birthday yesterday with a series of events on campus.
Student acrobats, musicians and artists, entertained 120 visitors on a campus tour.
Stiltskin, the local drama company, provided a dramatic interpretation of the historical roots of the campus, including Brunel, Scott, Smeaton and Drake, whose names are given to buildings.
The tour took in the unveiling of one of ten new trees, all rare and endangered and each symbolising a different international partnership. Steve Pearce, vice-chairman of the board of governors, cut the ribbon on a Fitzroya cupressoides tree. It was named by Charles Darwin, who encountered it on his Beagle voyage and symbolises the university's links with Chile and Argentina.
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The group spent time in the Portland Square gallery reading the Sea Portraits exhibition – pictures and interviews with four marine and maritime Plymothians.
Professor Wendy Purcell, the vice-chancellor, cut the ribbon on a sculpture called Enterprise, which has been erected outside the Roland Levinsky building. It was created by 3D product design students Sean Bunton and Christopher Grover.
Prof Purcell said: "It is made from locally sourced oak, as traditionally used in ship building, and its stepped design reflects our own trajectory as a university on the ascendancy.
"We hope it will be here for 150 years and more to remind us of this special year."