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 formally and ceremonially opened by the College Visitor, The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE, who received a blue plaque commemorating principal founders Emily Davies and Barbara Bodichon and introduced the world premiere of Jasper Dommett’s  ‘Fanfare to Girton’. A celebratory barbecue was accompanied by an evening of entertainment featuring the Brass Band of the The Royal Welsh College of Music directed by Dr. Robert Child, 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

      29th June 2019


      Highlights of our packed programme on Saturday include 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 Marilyn Strathern and Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. Dame Karen Pierce will give the Anniversary Lecture. Learn about the early History of the College with Dr Hazel Mills and investigate 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 enable you to explore the College. Six members of Girton’s internationally renowned Music staff – Martin Ennis, Margaret Faultless, Andrew Kennedy, Nicholas Mulroy, Jeremy West and Gareth Wilson – will combine forces in a special early music concert. Students, alumni, staff and Fellows will compete in Girton’s answer to University Challenge (hosted by Dr Margaret Mountford).

      An outdoor performance of Blue Stockings, a light show extravaganza and a concert will ensure the celebrations continue late into the evening.

      A variety of food choices will be available to purchase throughout the day, with the Anniversary Formal Hall (Sold Out) and a Supper Club with Provenance Kitchen and live music (pre-booked only) as our evening dining options.

       Selected highlights

      ‘Women in Law’ Lady Arden, Lady Hale and Dame Rosalyn Higgins in conversation




      The Festival Lecture by Dame Karen Pierce, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN in New York


      Early music concert – Six members of Girton’s internationally renowned Music staff – Martin Ennis, Margaret Faultless, Andrew Kennedy, Nicholas Mulroy, Jeremy West and Gareth Wilson – will combine forces in a special early-music concert


      Live Performance of Blue Stockings in its original setting of Girton College



      The Tricity Vogue All Girl Swing Band. Photo: James Millar


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    • 08:30 - 17:00Girton150 Festival

      30th June 2019

      Our series of talks and discussions continues with lectures by Professor John Eatwell, Dr Clive Oppenheimer, Professor Peter Abrahams, 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. Follow in the footsteps of Girtonians in the Edwardian era and try your hand at tea dancing in the Hall.

      We look forward to welcoming your children and grandchildren to help us celebrate this very special anniversary. Experience retro computer games with the Centre for Computing History, discover suffragette Jiu Jitsu and learn to ride a Penny Farthing. Join the turn of the century Girton fire brigade and become a suffragist. Be inspired by the Cambridge alumnae banner and work with artists to create your own and join our march through time. Family friendly activities also include a treasure hunt, zorbing, archery and birds of prey.

      End the day at our very special Girton150 Birthday Afternoon Tea (included in the ticket price).


      Selected highlights

      ‘Joan Robinson: iconoclast’ – John Eatwell will discuss the extraordinary creative career of Joan Robinson. A disruptive influence in Economics!



      From Diamonds to Dodos’- Join Julia Golding for a family-friendly session, exploring through games and quizzes the life of an author. Test your scientific knowledge of curious facts, find out what Girton has to do with the world of musicals, and dress up as a pirate to learn about the treasure of storytelling.


      Family Activities



      Join us for a special Girton150 Birthday Afternoon Tea (included in ticket price)



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