Longwall Library Opened by Prince William

13th June 2016

Leaving Longwall Quad 9

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, visited the College on May 11 2016 to open the Longwall Library. A large gathering of students, fellows and staff were present to greet the Duke. He talked to benefactors and students in the Library and unveiled a stone inscription after a speech by the President Professor David Clary. During his visit he talked to many students and staff.

The main building of the Longwall Library was built as a School Hall back in 1851 and was turned into a library in 1932. Through an imaginative redesign and extension the architects Wright and Wright have now tripled the number of workspaces to produce a library with a light and contemporary feel. The building has been largely paid for through a major fundraising campaign which raised close to £8m and received donations from over 1000 Magdalen alumni.

The photographs below show the visit of the Duke in what was an important day in the history of the College.

The Duke of Cambridge Arrives at Magdalen

Duke of Cambridge arrives at Magdalen 1

Walking Through St Swithun’s Quad

Walking through St Swithun's quad 2

With Dusty and Hilarie Huscher and the Fellow Librarian Christine Ferdinand

With Dusty and Hilarie Huscher and the Fellow Librarian Christine Ferdinand 3

The Duke talks to Students in Longwall Library

The Duke talks to students in the Longwall Library 4

Meeting Paul and Therese Beckwith

Meeting Paul and Therese Beckwith 5

The President’s Speech

Pres speech editedS

The Plaque Unveiled

The plaque unveiled 7

Signing the Visitors’ Book

Signing the Visitor's book 8

Leaving Longwall Quad

Leaving Longwall Quad 9

Talking to the Head Gardener

Talking to the Head Gardener 10

Chatting to the Scouts

Chatting to the scouts 11

Meeting the Catering Staff

Meeting the catering staff 12

Being Thanked by the President

Being thanked by the President 13

Photographs taken by John Cairns