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University of Evansville celebrates 50 years at Harlaxton Manor

Harlaxton college staff and students celebrate 50 years at the manor

Harlaxton College, the overseas study centre of the University of Evansville, is marking its 50th anniversary with an anniversary open day at Harlaxton Manor.

Since September 1971, Harlaxton Manor near Grantham has hosted thousands of students each year from across the United States of America. Students enjoy a semester living and studying in a beautiful and inspirational setting while learning about British life and culture.

As well as a private celebration for staff, students, volunteers and alumni, Harlaxton Manor will be hosting a spectacular 50th Anniversary House & Gardens Open Day on 26th September. 

For one day only, visitors will be able to discover each of the manor’s magnificent state rooms as well as its ornate hallways, imposing lobby and it’s awe-inspiring central staircase – for the first time since 2019.

2021 class replicate photo from 1971

A team of Harlaxton College students ambassadors will guide visitors around the manor, sharing insights into its history as well as sharing their experiences of learning at the manor.

Visitors will also be able to explore the beautiful Manor Gardens and the manor’s 19th century conservatory.

Holly Carter, Principle of Harlaxton College said:

“We’re very excited to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Harlaxton College. For half a century, the University of Evansville has cared for this amazing manor, welcoming thousands of students to live, learn and make wonderful memories in these incredible surroundings.

“Of course, we couldn’t have succeeded without the ongoing support of our staff, volunteers and local residents, especially the local community who have been so welcoming to all the students and visitors. I’d like to thank them for all that they’ve done and continue to do.

“Although we’ve loved inviting members of the community to explore our grounds and gardens since Covid restrictions relaxed, we’ve not been able to let visitors inside the manor itself, until now. On 26th September, that will all change when we open the doors to host our first full open day in two years.

“As we look ahead to the future, we hope to create new opportunities for learning, supporting our local community, improving sustainability and caring for the manor’s amazing historical and environment assets. We’re also exploring new ways for people to experience and appreciate Harlaxton Manor and we’ll be sharing details of new events and activities soon.”

Harlaxton Manor was built in 1851 for Nottinghamshire businessman and landowner, Gregory Gregory. Having had several owners throughout its history, and having been used by the RAF during World War Two, the manor welcomed its first students as Harlaxton College in 1971. In 1986, the manor was given as a gift to the University of Evansville by its then owner, Dr William Ridgeway, enabling its continued use as an overseas study centre.

Tickets for Harlaxton Manor’s 50th Anniversary Open Day are now available through events.harlaxton.co.uk. You can also learn more about the manor, its history and about other upcoming events at www.harlaxton.co.uk.

Adult tickets are available for £15, while tickets for concessions are £10 and tickets for children are £8. Family tickets are available for £35. Advance booking is recommended although a limited number of tickets can be purchased on arrival.  

Refreshments and drinks will be available for an additional charge and dogs will not be allowed into the manor or the Manor Gardens.

You can also learn more about the student experience at Harlaxton College at www.harlaxton.evansville.edu.

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