Roll of Alumni Weekend Programme
Please see below the programme for the Roll of Alumni Weekend. In addition to the below events, the Library, Archive, and the Lawrence Room, which house’s Girton’s mummy Hermione, will be open and self-guided tours of the College buildings and gardens will be available.
Please note: Some of our events have now reached full capacity. If you wish to be added to a waiting list for these events please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 23 September 2023
11.00 – 12.00 Quaternions at Twilight: Mary Somerville's studies of mathematics in old age by Dr Brigitte Stenhouse
Using the Somerville collections at Girton and Somerville College, this talk will explore both the mathematical work Mary Somerville produced in her twilight years, and how she cultivated a mathematical community for herself when living a somewhat isolated life in Naples, Italy.
14.00 – 15.00 Rethinking the Roman to Early Medieval Transition at Girton's Cemetery by Dr Emma Brownlee (FULLY BOOKED)
In this talk, Dr Brownlee will discuss what Girton’s cemetery can tell us about the end of the Roman Empire and the emergence of the medieval world, based on the archives and new scientific analysis of the cemetery remains.
15.00 – 16.00 The Lawrence Room which house’s Girton’s mummy Hermione, will be open. Please note that only five visitors at one time will be allowed in the room.
15.05 – 16.00 Book Launch: Girton Time
Join us to celebrate the publication of the Girton Time, an art-poetry book collaboration between Dr Carol Adlam (Mary Amelia Harvey Cummings Visiting Fellow Commoner
2021-22), Fellow in English, Dr James Wade, and poet Dr Adam Crothers (English, 2002).
This book will see art and poetry brought together to reflect on Girton not just as a physical place inhabited by people, but as an idea that passes through time, transmitted through the work of the people of Girton.
15.00 and 17.00 The Cavendish: A Tone Poem
A composition by Ain Bailey, Cavendish Arts Science Fellow at Girton College 2022-23. This new composition will incorporate the bleeps, pings, drones and other worldly sounds of different labs and equipment at the Cavendish Laboratory for Physics, including the helium liquifier and helium microscope. For the live performances in Girton College Chapel, a vocalist will respond to the recorded material.
16.00 – 17.00 People’s Portraits Reception (FULLY BOOKED)
This event will see a new portrait unveiled to the unique collection of People's Portraits, housed at Girton on a long-term loan from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
18.00 – 19.00 Roll of Alumni Weekend Concert (FULLY BOOKED)
Girton alumnus, composer, pianist, and teacher Tim Watts (1997 Music) and Dr Martin Ennis, Fellow and Director of College Music at Girton College will perform at this years' concert. They will play sonatas for piano duet by Mozart and Poulenc along with short character pieces by Charles Koechlin.
19.00 - 19.45 Drinks reception
19.45 - 22.30 Roll of Alumni Dinner in the Hall (FULLY BOOKED)
including reunion tables for those matriculated in 1963, 1973, 1983, 1992, 1993 and 1994.
Sunday 24 September 2023
08.00 – 08.40 Communion Service in the Chapel (no booking needed)
10.30 – 11.30 The Sensory Garden, a new chapter in Girton College gardening by Julia Andersson (FULLY BOOKED)
In this talk Girton College's head gardener, Julia Andersson, will look at the development of the sensory garden from start to finish, its importance as well as at its future. The talk will finish with a guided tour of the Sensory Garden.