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Inauguration, 1978, n.d.

MS. Eng. c. 2468
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The formal opening of the new building was originally planned for 8 May 1978, then brought forward to 5 May in order that the President of West Germany, Dr Scheel, could perform the official ceremony. In the event the State Visit of President Brezhnev prevented his attending and the Laboratory was opened by the Minister for Research and Technology. Guests included delegates and government representatives of EMBL and EMBC member states, representatives of the West German Bund and Land, of the City and University of Heidelberg and of the Max-Planck Institutes, as well as present and former members of the Council and Scientific Advisory Committee of EMBL, and some early members of EMBO.

The inauguration programme of events included official speeches and lunch, scientific colloquia, tours of the Laboratory and its research groups, and an evening reception.

Folder H.50. Preliminary arrangements, meetings of the inauguration committee, guest lists and revisions.

Folder H.51. Arrangements for special commemorative postmark, artwork for stationery and printed items, press coverage and releases.

Folder H.52. Correspondence on official invitations, acceptances and refusals, Kendrew's official letters of thanks.

Folder H.53. Correspondence with colleagues on arrangements for talks at scientific seminar to be given as part of opening ceremony.

Folder H.54. Correspondence with colleagues about opening ceremony, including invitations to speak, letters and cables of good wishes, regrets at inability to attend etc., some with recollections. Includes draft speeches by Kendrew and E.C. Slater, message from West German President.

Folder H.55. Folder of material designed by Design Research Unit for guests at ceremony.


  • Creation: 1978, n.d.


6 folders

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. c. 2468

Former reference:

NCUACS 11/4/89/H.50-55

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