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Sutherland's portrait of Churchill

In June 2016 (see previous article), Alistair Lexden published an article about Graham Sutherland’s acclaimed, but deeply controversial portrait of Winston Churchill. Presented to him on his eightieth birthday, 30 November 1954, the picture was later destroyed on his wife’s instructions.

Celebrating academic excellence

At an awards ceremony held at the House of Lords on 5 April, Alistair Lexden presented awards for academic excellence to 38 students who achieved remarkable A-level and GCSE results last summerwith some of the highest marks in the country. The recipients - some British, some from overseas - were

In school again

On 3 March Alistair Lexden made a further contribution to the Lords’ outreach programme to schools which is organised in the most efficient fashion by the Lord Speaker’s office.

Prize presentation

On February 7, Alistair Lexden presented the Whitbread prize, which is awarded annually to the student judged to be the most outstanding—on grounds of academic, sporting and community service achievements—in the 400 schools belonging to the Independent Schools Association, of which he is Presiden

The school run

On December 2, Alistair Lexden completed a series of visits under the aegis of the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” Outreach Programme. 

Back to school

For some years Alistair Lexden has taken part in the Lords outreach programme to schools, established by the Lord Speaker and organised most efficiently by her/his office (the post, created in 2006, was held by women until September when the first man, Lord Fowler, took over). 

President and Chairman

On August 23 Alistair Lexden, President of the Independent Schools Association, met its incoming Chairman for 2016-17, Stuart Nicholson, at the House of Lords at the start of his period of office.

Prize-giving at a fine Essex school

On July 12 Alistair Lexden was guest of honour at speech day in Gosfield School in the prosperous north Essex countryside (and not far from Lexden). The school is a very successful member of the ever growing...

The King, the Prime Minister and the loss of the American colonies

On June 1 Alistair Lexden hosted a dinner at the Carlton Club for a distinguished group of Americans, deeply involved in heritage and conservation projects, who were in England on a week’s cultural heritage tour with a particular emphasis on the late eighteenth century.