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19 October 2016

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College Anniversary Celebrations a Triumph

A Festival of Anniversaries – the celebrations with a special events series in a unique year for St Hugh’s – proved a huge success for the College.

In a week filled with more than 40 performances, exhibitions, talks, seminars, dinners, presentations and other activities, St Hugh’s College, Oxford welcomed more than 700 people for celebrations of a momentous year.

2016 is a unique year in the College’s history with a number of significant anniversaries coinciding: we were founded by Elizabeth Wordsworth 130 years ago; our Main Building opened 100 years ago; it is 90 years since the Alumni Association was founded; 80 years since the opening of the Howard Piper Library; 50 years since the Kenyon Building opened its doors to house students studying here and 30 years since St Hugh’s welcomed our first male students.

Held between Wednesday 12th and Sunday 16th October, the Festival included talks from alumni, Fellows and special guests, demonstrations from students, musical recitals and theatrical performances. The College was also delighted to welcome the local North Parade Farmers’ Market and the team from the Rose & Crown to share their local foods and crafts.

The Oxford Art Society, celebrating their 125th anniversary, exhibited a variety of excellent statues, sculptures and paintings in the College’s grounds, and the Hamlin Gallery. Attracting the attention of the local media, this was very much a community event: the celebrations being enjoyed by well over 700 local residents, alumni, students, Fellows and staff. For those that were unable to join in person, in a first for the College, some of the seminars were live streamed, with hundreds of viewers joining us from across the globe for the opening seminar discussing alumna “Emily Wilding Davison, Woman’s Suffrage and St Hugh’s.”

Recordings of lectures, seminars and performances will be available soon from the College’s YouTube channel, whilst photographs from the events can be viewed on the St Hugh’s flickr account.

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