Classical Society Event

Date(s) - Saturday 11 May 2019
All Day

Girton College


Girton College is delighted to invite all those who studied Classics to a Classics Event for alumni and current students on the afternoon of Saturday 11 May 2019. The event will begin with a drinks reception at 12 noon in the Stanley Library followed by a short talk by former Director of Studies in Classics and current Life Fellow, Dr Dorothy Thompson, at 12.30pm. Guests will then be invited to the Old Hall for a buffet lunch. Following lunch the current Director of Studies in Classics, Dr Helen Van Noorden will introduce a panel of three alumni who will discuss useful aspects of their Classics degree. You are welcome to bring a guest. The dress code is smart casual.

The Lawrence Room, home to Hermione and other treasures, will be open from 3.00pm–4.00pm for those who would like to view our wonderful collection of artefacts.

We are still collecting advice or reflections on the value of a Classics degree from alumni. These contributions will be gathered into an information booklet to be distributed on the day, so whether you can attend this celebration or not, please do send in your entry.


Draft Programme

12 noon – Welcome in Stanley Library with drinks

12.30pm – An illustrated talk by Dr Dorothy Thompson titled Housing problems in Ptolemaic Egypt

1.00pm – Two-course buffet lunch in Old Hall

2.00pm – Dr Helen Van Noorden will briefly describe Classics at Girton today, before introducing a panel of three Girton Classics alumni:

Presentations to be followed by short discussion. Coffee will be served.

3.00pm ‑ Lawrence Room open and the opportunity to mingle further with guests



Tickets are £32.50 with wine/£25.00 without wine per person. To make a booking for the event please use the below booking form to use the online payment facility. Alternatively, reservations can be made over the phone by calling +44 (0) 1223 764 935. We would like to receive bookings by Friday 3 May 2019.


If you would like accommodation, there may be a very limited number of rooms available in the College. Please contact our Conference Office directly on +44 (0)1223 338 975 or to check availability.

Alternatively you may find useful the websites below: ‑ for a full range of accommodation available in Cambridge ‑ for a list of local hotels that offer alumni discounts to CAMCard holders.

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