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29 Jun 2015

Two Victorian institutions, each with a significant birthday and a special place in the history of Chester, recently combined their stories to present a unique event at one of the city's most prestigious landmarks.
The Chester Grosvenor, Chester's luxury five-star hotel, which was inaugurated 150 years ago and the University of Chester, which began as Chester Diocesan Training College, 175 years ago in 1839, celebrated both anniversaries in style at a special event at the hotel.
A detailed display of photographs and memorabilia from  both the University and the hotel’s archives were on display for visitors to browse, and was followed by Afternoon Tea, and an opportunity to listen to talks from local individuals with a perspective on the city and the two organisations. 
Professor Graeme White gave an interesting and amusing insight into the history of the then College and Peggy Grimshaw spoke of the development of the hotel.  Alumnus Dean Paton (pictured right), Founder of the award-winning social enterprise Big Heritage, outlined his project which brings history to a locality by engaging communities with the past.
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