Otley: Lord’s library gift to college

Lord Cranbrook presenting the journals to the Vice Principal of Easton and Otley College – Angela Ca

Lord Cranbrook presenting the journals to the Vice Principal of Easton and Otley College Angela Carter and Susan Spencer from UCS with students - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk-based lord has dipped into his personal library and donated a series of scientific journals to students based at a further and higher education institution.

The books will be used by conservation, wildlife and animal students, mainly on higher education courses run with University Campus Suffolk (UCS)at Otley College.

Lord Cranbrook and his Jason Gathorne-Hardy spoke of their love for education in this region and pledged to work more closely with students at Otley.

“It was a pleasure to be able to donate these journals,” said Lord Cranbrook.

“There is an open invite for your students to come across and work on our land at Great Glemham Hall in Suffolk. We have uncovered relics dating back to the Stone Age and have plans to work with Natural England in the near future.

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“I’m passionate about the education of young people and it is marvellously exciting to be working with you.”

Head of higher education at UCS Otley, Denis McAuley, said, “We are grateful to Lord Cranbrook for this donation. His wife (Lady Caroline Cranbrook) was a governor at Otley College quite recently and the family has always been tremendously supportive towards us.”

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“This support is continuing thanks to the donation of these journals coupled with the chance for our students to work at Great Glemham Hall in the future.”

A communal learning area housed in the UCS Otley learning zone based at the Otley College campus will be named in honour of Lord Cranbrook in the next few months.

Susan Spencer, Director of Planning and Partnerships at UCS, said: “The journals are exceptional, covering a wide range of contemporary conservation and wildlife subjects. Both the UCS students and staff are very keen to get into the journal room which will be a wonderful resource. The research projects that will spin out from this collaboration with Lord Cranbrook will be valuable at a local, national and even international level”.

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