Girton150 <br>Anniversary Girton150 <br>Anniversary


1869 - 2019

Welcome to our anniversary webpages showcasing 150 pioneering years of excellence and inclusion.

Founded in 1869, Girton was the UK's first residential institution for women offering degree-level education and examination.

Still at the cutting edge of widening participation, Girton thrives today as a centre for world class learning and research within the collegiate University of Cambridge.

Girton College Timeline

Forthcoming Events


A programme for the Girton150 Festival is available to download.

Click here for the full programme

Saturday Day

Guests will hear from Dr Rowan Williams, Professor Martin Rees, Professor Caroline Humphrey, Daphne Todd, Dr Ingrid Pollard, Martin Rowson, Dr Phil Hammond, Lady Hale, Lady Arden, Dame Rosalyn Higgins, Professor Marilyn Strathern and Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. Dame Karen Pierce will give the Anniversary Lecture. Musical performances will also feature and don't miss the outdoor performance of Blue Stockings.

Saturday Evening

Join the Supper Club with Provenance Kitchen for a delicious meal and live music (pre-booked only). The post-dinner entertainment includes all-girl swing band Tricity Vogue, Kaleidoscope ‑ an incredible aural and visual experience - and Mystery Train, specialists in good-time, rootsy Blues and R'n'B-based music.


Lectures by Professor Lord John Eatwell, Dr Fiona Cooke and Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill. Meet Girtonian authors Dr Julia Golding and Christina Koning. Experience the music of the Victorian era with a 19th century Parlour Music Concert and with Queen Victoria’s Consort. You can also try your hand at tea dancing. Children of all ages are welcome. Experience retro computer games, suffragette Jiu Jitsu and learn to ride a Penny Farthing. Join the Girton fire brigade and become a suffragist. Be inspired by the Cambridge alumnae banner and create your own. Family-friendly activities also include a treasure hunt, zorbing, archery and birds of prey. Cap the day off with the Girton150 Birthday Afternoon Tea (included in the ticket price).