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


Thursday 2 MayVisit to the restored Temperate House, Kew Gardens

2.15pm – approx. 4pm

The Temperate House was designed by Decimus Burton and construction began in 1860. It is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world and houses an internationally important collection of temperate zone plants, including some of the rarest and most threatened.

It took five years and £40 million to restore and conserve this Grade 1 listed building. It reopened to the public in 2018 and we are very fortunate that Libby Insall (History, 1955) who has been a guide at Kew for over twenty years, will take us round this truly stunning building.

An additional attraction will be the new exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s luminous glass artworks, which will once again be shown throughout the Gardens, including the Temperate House.

We will meet at 2.15pm inside Victoria Gate. Libby will give us a short introduction and then we will walk to the Temperate House, which will take approx. fifteen minutes. Our tour will last about an hour.

For anyone interested, please join us 1pm onwards, for a snack lunch at The Kew Greenhouse Cafe, 1 Station Parade, TW9 3PS, which is just outside Kew Gardens Station, on the way to the gardens. Let us know if you hope to have lunch as we will book appropriate space.

To book: the cost will be £16 (or for Friends of Kew, a donation of £5). To book please email stating how many places you require and we will respond with details of how to pay by bank transfer.

Getting there: Underground or North London Line to Kew Gardens Station. Mainline to Richmond Station, then 65 bus to Victoria Gate.

Thursday 6 JuneWho is Banksy? Talk by Daniela Rossi

6.30pm – approx. 8.30pm
University Women’s Club 2 Audley Square Mayfair London W1K 1DB

Drinks Reception 6.30pm | Talk: 7pm |
Banksy is one of the most famous names in British art of the 21st century, yet the artist’s identity remains unknown. His last in-person interview was conducted with a bag over his head in 2003, and the artist now communicates solely via email. Even the organisation formed to sell and authenticate Banksy artworks, the satirically named ‘Pest Control’, consists of a minimal website and is the artist’s only official art world representation. Like many street artists, Banksy originally sought to upend the art world by creating work that is accessible and affordable to the masses. He did this through a pioneering style of stencil graffiti art placed in strategically public locations and espousing heavily critical socio- political messages. However, as his popularity grew, Banksy produced more gallery-appropriate spray paint canvases and conceptual sculpture. These artworks now have six- to seven- figure asking prices and are highlights of contemporary art auctions.

Despite his current market value and international success, last summer was the first time a major retrospective of the artist’s work was shown in the UK. It occurred not at a major museum, but in his former gallerist’s Mayfair premises. The exhibition showcased several of Banksy’s most famous images – highly desirable and valuable works in today’s market – but none was for sale. All were held in private collections and are unlikely to surface again for some time.

Banksy’s high profile public art and consequential stratospheric rise to the top of the art market has meant that the artist, in particular the mystery surrounding his identity, has captured the public’s attention in a way that is unique to the contemporary art world.

This talk by Daniella Rossi explores the theories surrounding the elusive artist’s identity by examining his subversive style and journey from illegal Bristol graffiti artist to multi-million pound art world provocateur. Daniella Rossi received her PhD while at Girton in 2010. She has worked in the London and New York art worlds ever since, both with private clients and public institutions to build, manage and sell large art collections. She currently runs her own company, Rossi Asiaghi, which promotes London’s emerging artists to collectors and businesses through commissions and exhibitions.

To book: Family and friends are all welcome at what should be a fascinating and enjoyable event! The cost will be £26.  To book please email stating how many places you require and we will respond with details of how to pay by bank transfer.

Getting there: the nearest underground stations are Green Park and Hyde Park Corner.

Thursday 21 NovemberGirton150 Celebration in London

Concert and Drinks Reception at The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

An unmissable date for your diary. Three anniversaries in one!

LGA members, their friends and families, are warmly invited to join The Mistress, Professor Susan J Smith, and members of the College, to a drinks reception and concert at the splendid venue of the Domus at Gray’s Inn on Thursday 2t November to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the College.

The concert has been organised in association with the LGA and, in addition to the 150th anniversary of Girton, it also marks the 20th anniversary of the LGA Music Award. It is fitting therefore that some of the most distinguished holders of the Award, many of whom are now firmly established on the international classical and jazz music scene, will be among the evening’s performers. The principal organiser of the concert is Dr Martin Ennis, Girton’s Director of Music, who has been centrally involved with the LGA Music Award since its inception.

The setting of Gray’s Inn has been chosen in recognition of the College Visitor, Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court, and member of Gray’s Inn, and to mark the achievements of all female lawyers in 2019 as they celebrate 100 Years of Women in Law.

The event will start at 6.30pm and the dress code is lounge suit or equivalent. Tickets are £35 per person, and include admission to the reception (drinks and bowl food) in the Large Pension Room, and the concert in the Hall at Gray’s Inn. The final programme will be announced later this year and tickets will go on sale in late summer, through College.

Further information will be provided in the LGA Autumn newsletter.

To see all Girton150 Anniversary events, including the weekend Festival in June, please go to the anniversary website:

We hope to see you at an LGA or Girton event in 2019.

Contact Information

Development Office

Girton College,
Huntingdon Road,
Charity Number 1137541