Girton150 Festival Event Listings

  • Friday
    June 2019
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    June 2019

    Girton150 Festival

    The Festival was our highlight of our 150th Anniversary year from 28 to 30 June 2019. It was two and a half days of thought-provoking intellectual stimulation, creative experiences, hands-on activities and enjoyment!  

    Festival Photographs (via Flickr)


    • 17:30 - 01:00Girton150 Festival – Opening Ceremony

      28th June 2019

      The Festival was opened by the College Visitor, The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE, who unveiled a blue plaque commemorating principal founders Emily Davies and Barbara Bodichon and introduced the world premiere performance of Jasper Dommett’s  ‘Fanfare to Girton’. Guests feasted on a celebratory barbecue, accompanied by an evening of entertainment featuring the Brass Band of the The Royal Welsh College of Music directed by Dr Robert Childs, comedians Jonathan Mayor, Cansu Karabiyik and Dr Phil Hammond, and close up magicians Tony Rix and Terry Machin.

      Read the Mistress’s account of the Opening Ceremony on Friday 28 June 2019, here.

      Read the Mistress’ account of the Admission of Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce as an Honorary Fellow on Friday 28 June 2019, here.

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    • 08:30 - 01:00Girton150 Festival – Saturday

      29th June 2019

      Highlights from our packed programme on Saturday included lectures and discussions with 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 Dame Marilyn Strathern and Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. Dame Karen Pierce also gave the fifth and final Girton150 Anniversary Festival Lecture. Students, alumni, staff and Fellows competed in Girton’s answer to University Challenge (hosted by Dr Margaret Mountford).

      Festival goers learnt about the early history of the College with Dr Hazel Mills and investigated the groundbreaking research of today’s Girton Fellowship. Guided (and self-guided tours) of the buildings, historic gardens, orchard and the People’s Portraits Collection enabled everyone to explore the large College site. Internationally renowned musicians Dr Martin Ennis, Professor Margaret Faultless, Andrew Kennedy, Nicholas Mulroy, Jeremy West and Gareth Wilson, combined forces to perform in a special Early Music Concert.

      The daytime events concluded with the first ever on-site full-length outdoor performance of Blue Stockings, a light show extravaganza, ‘Kaleidoscope’ and a concert with special guests, Tricity Vogue’s All-Girl Swing Band and Mystery Train, which ensured the celebrations continued late into the evening.

      You can view a selection of photographs from the whole Festival Weekend via our Flickr account here:

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    • 08:30 - 17:00Girton150 Festival – Sunday

      30th June 2019

      Our series of talks and discussions continued with lectures by Professor John Eatwell, Dr Clive Oppenheimer, Professor Peter Abrahams, Dr Fiona Cooke and Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, and readings by Girtonian authors, Dr Julia Golding and Christina Koning. Music of the Victorian era resounded through the corridots and grounds with a 19th Century Parlour Music Concert and from Queen Victoria’s Consort. Guests followed in the footsteps of Girtonians in the Edwardian era through tea dancing in the Hall and Stanley Library.

      Children and grandchildren helped us celebrate this very special anniversary and they were able to experience retro computer games with the Centre for Computing History, discover suffragette Jiu Jitsu and learn to ride a Penny Farthing. They joined the turn of the century Girton fire brigade and became a suffragists! Also they were inspired by the Cambridge alumnae banner and worked with artists to create their own banner, and joined our march through time. Family-friendly activities also included a treasure hunt, zorbing, archery and birds of prey.

      You can view a selection of photographs from the whole Festival Weekend via our Flickr account here:

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