Highlights from our packed programme on Saturday included lectures and discussions with Dr Rowan Williams, Professor Martin Rees, Professor Caroline Humphrey, Daphne Todd, Dr Ingrid Pollard, Martin Rowson, Dr Phil Hammond, Lady Hale, Lady Arden, Dame Rosalyn Higgins, Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern and Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. Dame Karen Pierce also gave the fifth and final Girton150 Anniversary Festival Lecture. Students, alumni, staff and Fellows competed in Girton’s answer to University Challenge (hosted by Dr Margaret Mountford).
Festival goers learnt about the early history of the College with Dr Hazel Mills and investigated the groundbreaking research of today’s Girton Fellowship. Guided (and self-guided tours) of the buildings, historic gardens, orchard and the People’s Portraits Collection enabled everyone to explore the large College site. Internationally renowned musicians Dr Martin Ennis, Professor Margaret Faultless, Andrew Kennedy, Nicholas Mulroy, Jeremy West and Gareth Wilson, combined forces to perform in a special Early Music Concert.
The daytime events concluded with the first ever on-site full-length outdoor performance of Blue Stockings, a light show extravaganza, ‘Kaleidoscope’ and a concert with special guests, Tricity Vogue’s All-Girl Swing Band and Mystery Train, which ensured the celebrations continued late into the evening.