Welcoming prominent national figures to Edge Hill has been a way of promoting the work of the institution and making what was going on at Edge Hill nationally known so that the institution and its Principal (or in later times Vice Chancellor) could have a voice in national affairs. This did not necessarily reflect the political or other sympathies of the Principal or institution. In this case, the Education Secretary of the Conservative Government that held power between 1970 and 1974 visited in October 1972. Below is a personal letter of thanks received from Margaret Thatcher after that visit.

This visit was clearly organised collaboratively between Lancashire County Council and Edge Hill. The letter below gives an insight into planning for the day and what was on the menu for lunch!

The menu looks perhaps a little mundane to our twenty-first century eyes. You could write a creative or historical piece about the importance and stresses of a day such as this and submit to our Think Creative Archive competition. You could even include the menu!