On October 18th, Writtle University College (WUC) unveiled a memorial to former staff member Gillian Griffin. The Mare & Foal sculpture was created by artist Elaine Tribley and has been installed at WUC’s Lordships Stud, on Cow Watering Lane.
A well-loved team member, Gill sadly lost her battle with cancer in spring 2019. Highly respected by staff and students at WUC, she managed most of the University College’s Further Education departments throughout her career. The Mare & Foal memorial reflects Gill's support for, and interest in, the progress of all those around her, while also evoking her passion for the equine sector.
Gill had worked with horses in the UK, Hong Kong and Dubai in addition to holding a BSc (Hons) and Post Graduate Certificate in Equine Studies from Writtle University College. WUC’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Middleton said: “Gill was a student, lecturer and head of department at WUC but, above all, she was a friend to all who knew her. In her many years with us, Gill showed immense kindness and dedication, going above and beyond the requirements of her roles. Gill is remembered with love and respect. We hope that the memorial will serve as a permanent reminder for those who work at, or visit, the site.”
The sculpture was commissioned with donations from Gill’s family and from Writtle University College. It was unveiled by Gill’s brother and sister during a memorial service attended by relatives, friends and colleagues. Staff and students paid tribute to Gill with a dressage demonstration and showcase of foals in the Lordships Stud’s indoor school.
Gill’s sister, Carol Archdale, said: “The Mare & Foal artwork is just wonderful. We are so proud of Gill and what she achieved, the day was such a tribute to her. I just wish she could have been there.”