Date of release: Friday, July 21, 2017

Pam Schweitzer, a writer and theatre director, and David Rowntree, best known as the drummer from Britpop band Blur, will receive honorary awards today from the University of Greenwich (Friday 21 July).

They are receiving their awards in graduation ceremonies taking place at the Greenwich Campus. The university awards honorary degrees to individuals who have made significant contributions to business, culture, creative work and the local community.

Over the last 30 years, Pam has been recording and preserving, for posterity, the memories of older people on key themes in the social history of the 20th century. From these recordings she has created and directed many professional theatre productions, which have toured both nationally and internationally.

Pam currently runs the Reminiscence Theatre Archive at the university's Bathway Theatre. This unique archive is a complete record of the Reminiscence Theatre productions created over a 20 year period. The archive is a resource for students across the university.

The Honorary Doctor of Arts (HonDArt) will be awarded to Pam for her tireless research and work within the local community.

University alumnus David Rowntree becomes an Honorary Doctor of Laws (HonLLD), an award which recognises his professional achievements across a wide ranging field.

Formed in south London in 1988, Blur are one of the most successful British bands. They have achieved six number one albums in the UK and 13 top ten singles, receiving many awards and accolades; most notably five BRIT awards.

Outside of David's musical achievements, he is a computer animator. He has directed an animated series for Channel 4 and from his interest in computer graphics, contributed to several research papers in this area.

More recently, David has trained to become a solicitor and now works in the criminal department of Kingsley Napley in Central London.

An active Labour Party supporter, David won a seat on Norfolk County Council earlier this year.

Story by Public Relations

Picture: Pam Schweitzer and David Rowntree.