Girton's Past

Girton has a proud history as an institution that changed the world. Founded in 1869 by Emily Davies, Barbara Bodichon and Lady Stanley, the College is distinctive for being Britain's first residential college for women offering an education at degree level. The College has always set the pace on matters of equality and inclusion - Girton was also the first of the Women's Colleges to go mixed - over thirty years ago. But this is just the start. From the day the door first opened, to as recently as last week, Girton has had the knack of changing people's lives. They, in turn, have gone on to shape the future - or some part of it at least.

If you are looking for fine detail, there are histories and archives to tap into. Alternatively, use the links below to find out more about the people who have shaped the College.