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A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of Lord Briggs

Wednesday 8 March 14:30 until 16:30
The Meeting House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH

A service of thanksgiving is being held for one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the University of Sussex who died in 2016.

Lord Briggs of Lewes was the University’s second Vice-Chancellor from 1967–76, and was made a life peer in 1976.

Lord Briggs’s main fields of interest were the social and cultural history of the 19th and 20th centuries and the history of broadcasting in Britain.

In an academic career spanning seven decades he contributed enormously to university life in institutions across the UK, the US, and the Commonwealth.

In a recent BBC Radio 4 programme, Tristram Hunt MP explored the life of Lord Briggs, arguing that he was “the last of the Victorian improvers” – seeking to improve 'ordinary' lives by opening up access to education. 

During the Second World War, he served from 1943–45 in the Intelligence Corps at Bletchley Park, deciphering messages on the Enigma machine.

Date: Wednesday 8 March 2017
Time: 2.30pm
Location: The Meeting House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH

Refreshments will be served after the service in the Quiet Room.

Places are limited so please do reserve your place.


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Last updated: Thursday, 12 January 2017