London Girton Association

The London Girton Association (LGA) arranges regular events for its members which are publicised in our termly Newsletter. Over the last few years, there have been drinks nights and dinners, evenings with prominent Girtonian speakers such as Rachel Lomax, Baroness Hale, Valerie Grove, Ann Owers and Baroness Warnock, visits to places of interest, and formal halls at College.

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. In addition in recent years we have donated funds for equipment in the Duke library.

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

Application Form for LGA

Forthcoming Events

The events organised for 2019 are listed below. Further information about these events can be found in the LGA’s Newsletter or by contacting the Association at

Friday 22nd FebruaryQuiz Night at the Rugby Tavern


The evening will be compered by Mark Eves, an experienced quizmaster who has written and hosted quizzes for the RNLI and Cancer Research, and is a member of the Quiz League of London with appearances on Mastermind, Eggheads and Brain of Britain under his belt. He will be assisted by Gill Woon (LGA Committee member) who graduated from Girton with a degree in English Literature in 1980, and is also a keen quizzer with appearances on Mastermind, the Chase and Hive Minds to her name. Quizzing is a great way to spend a winter evening in the company of friends, to exercise your brain and to meet new people. We welcome teams of up to six, but feel free to come alone or in pairs – we will find a team for you! The evening is open to LGA members, as well as non-members who are Old Girtonians, and their friends and family. Prizes will be awarded for the best teams!

Cost: The cost will be £25pp, including a buffet supper (drinks to be bought separately).

Venue Address: 19 Great James Street, London, WC1N 3ES

For further details and instructions on how to book please contact the LGA on

Thursday 14th MarchA Visit to Leighton House Museum
A Private Palace of Art
 11.30am–1.00pm approx.Leighton House Museum is the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830–1896). It is unique among the capital’s museums in combining an exceptional collection of Victorian art with the intimacy of a private home. The house was designed by his great friend, the architect George Aitchison RA as a showcase for artistic taste and to entertain and impress the foremost artists, collectors and celebrities of the day. Our private guided tour (one and a half hours) will take us round the whole house including the extraordinary Arab Hall, which reflects Leighton’s fascination with the Middle East, and Leighton’s painting studio, where Leighton produced all the works of his mature career including the iconic Flaming June.Despite reaching the pinnacle of his profession with his election as President of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1878, and receiving numerous international honours, the man himself remains something of an enigma. His private life was closely guarded – he lived alone, travelled alone and left no diaries. Just before his death in 1896, Leighton was ennobled, becoming Baron Leighton of Stretton. He is the only British artist to have been awarded this honour and is buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral.We will meet at the house at 11.20am to begin our tour at 11.30am. Afterwards, for anyone interested, we can repair to nearby Café Phillies for a light lunch.Cost: £16 per person.

Getting there: The nearest underground is High Street Kensington, which is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the house.

For further details and instructions on how to book please contact the LGA on

Contact Information

Development Office

Girton College,
Huntingdon Road,
Charity Number 1127541