Now it starts – the Lund University’s 350th anniversary

For two years, the LU350 Office has been working hard to coordinate all the University initiatives into a jubilee programme. The jubilee starts on Monday 19 December – exactly 350 years after the document to establish Lund University was signed.

Louise Pierce

“After all the planning, we have finally reached the implementation phase”, says Louise Pierce, one of the three members of the LU350 Office.

“After all the planning, we have finally reached the implementation phase”, says Louise Pierce, one of the three members of the LU350 Office.

The decision to celebrate Lund University’s 350th anniversary was taken already in 2011. When the jubilee group began scouting for ideas around the University two years ago, the response was slow.

“It was too abstract and too far into the future. Towards the end, however, things started pouring in all at once. Now we see a lot of commitment.”

The programme for the jubilee year is 180 pages long. The interest in the jubilee opening has exceeded all expectations. It started with the idea of serving mulled wine and gingersnaps in Lundagård in connection with a small ceremony in the main auditorium. Now, the auditorium has proved to be much too small for the jubilee opening ceremony, and will therefore be streamed in several large auditoriums simultaneously.

“We have gradually needed to expand the ceremony when realising the level of interest. Now there will be a ceremony and jubilee celebration in the atrium of the main University building during the day and a massive party with a thousand guests, including staff and the public, in the evening”, says Louise Pierce.

Among other things, the jubilee year will include five science weeks and two cultural weeks. Anyone interested can also attend a jubilee course on knowledge from Lund. The University’s celebration of its 350th anniversary will also be noticeable in different ways around the city, for example, a giant brain will be set up on Stortorget during the science weeks to let Lund residents know that something is going on.

“Following the opening ceremony, the next item on the programme is the exhibition ‘Peder Winstrup and the art of his time’ at the Historical Museum. This is an opportunity for visitors to see selected works from Lund University’s art collection”, says Louise Pierce.

Text and photo: Jenny Loftrup