Today, we were visited by The Honourable Rupert Carington. He was visiting the University in his role as High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire to meet the Vice-Chancellor and senior staff as well as to get a flavour of the University's work in distance education.
The High Sheriff is the Queen's official representative in the county, holding an office originally created in the tenth century. Among many other duties, he acts as returning officer during parliamentary elections, attends High Court judges and has a range of civil roles connected with the High Court. He is also required to raise a posse of forty men when the occasion arises.
During a demonstration of Peter Whalley's 'First Flight' website, the Sheriff mentioned that his grandfather had flown with the Wright Brothers.
top: Peter Sharpe demonstrating the ROSTRA news system and the Matterhorn webcast event.
center: Colin Barrett demonstrates the CLUTCH project.
bottom: Peter Whalley shows videos of Heronsgate School kids renacting the Wright Brothers first flight.