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London Girton Association

About us

What we do and how to join

The London Girton Association (LGA) arranges regular events for its members which are publicised in our termly Newsletter.

Anyone who is an alumnus of Girton College can join and we always welcome new members. You do not have to live or work in London, although bear in mind that most events are held in the London area.

Membership is £15 pa but if you’re not in paid employment it is £10 pa. The association is run by volunteers so after meeting administrative and events costs, any surplus funds are used to benefit Girton, often current students. For instance, the LGA currently funds a £500 per year music award for a Girton student, and we have donated towards a Teaching Fellowship.

If you would like to join please download an application form and send it to the membership secretary at

Forthcoming and Recent Events

Further information about these events can be found in the LGA’s Newsletter or by contacting the Association at


Monday 13 February, Online talk by Margaret Willes "The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn"

We are delighted to welcome back historian and writer, Margaret Willes, to give our next online talk.

It is not always appreciated that the two most famous diarists of 17th century England, Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn, were also great friends. When Pepys died in 1703, Evelyn wrote a tribute in which he described him as ‘my particular friend’. They were very different in character, Evelyn the devout aesthete, Pepys earthy and shrewd. Yet they both had abundant curiosity, providing us through their diaries and correspondence with a vivid picture of a fascinating period in English history.

Margaret Willes retired as the Publisher of the National Trust in 2005. Since then she has written several books of cultural history, particularly on botany, gardening and the 17th Century. Her latest book, In the Shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral: the Churchyard that shaped London, was published by Yale University Press last year.

Please let Cecilia Oram know by email to if you would like the Zoom link and it will be forwarded to you.


Tuesday 18 April, Visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3


Please come and join us for a tour of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a unique blend of national heritage, royal patronage and military tradition, forged over 330 years. We will be guided by a Chelsea Pensioner for a tour telling the history of the Hospital and taking in the splendour of the Grade I and II listed buildings, including artistic masterpieces. The tour will bring to life the Hospital’s exemplar model of care and wellbeing for ordinary soldiers, which remains as central to its purpose as when first conceived. The tour will last for 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes for the Museum and Gift Shop. Friends and family welcome.

TO BOOK: the cost is £18 per person. Please email stating how many tickets you require and we will respond with details of how to pay by bank transfer or cheque.

How to get there: the nearest underground station is Sloane Square (District and Circle lines). Overground: Victoria. Also the 170 bus from Victoria bus station goes past it. There is quite a lot of walking once there, and some steps/stairs here and there, with access for wheelchairs if needed.

Recent Events: On the evening of 27 October 2022, thirteen members gathered at the Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street. This is the only extant house lived in by the author and we enjoyed a fascinating private tour, seeing many of Dickens’ personal possessions, including the desk where he wrote Nicholas Nickleby and Oliver Twist

Our second event of last Autumn was an online talk by Dr Amy Jeffs on 16 November 2022. Amy talked about her two books, Storyland and Wild: Tales from Early Medieval Britain. Members joined online for this intriguing look at these very early stories and their medieval source manuscripts. Our thanks go to Amy – and do look at her absorbing titles if you can; she has illustrated them herself with beautiful woodcuts.


Book Circle

The LGA Book Circle continues to thrive, with 15 members and 40 books read to date, a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Our most recent reads include Oh, William! by Elisabeth Strout, and Vesper Flights by Helen MacDonald. We are currently reading Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. We meet every three weeks or so on Zoom. Members are welcome to join – just contact

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