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140th Anniversary Celebration Day


Saturday 24th September

It’s the start of the college’s 140th Anniversary year 1882 – 2022 and we would love to celebrate this with you. So why not make a date to join us at Selwyn, perhaps for either an informal lunchtime champagne reception or the black-tie dinner in the evening.

There are also interesting talks taking place throughout Cambridge as part of the University Alumni Festival, including two featuring Selwyn Fellows and the Master.  

 Accommodation in college is also available.   Full details of the day's programme and how to book are below. 

9.30am – 10.30am, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge
"Consider That Ye May Be Wrong," Oliver Cromwell in his own words with Professor John Morrill and Dr David Smith

This session will introduce the new 3-volume edition of the letters, writings and speeches of Oliver Cromwell, published this month by OUP. The general editor, Professor John Morrill, and one of the volume editors, Dr David Smith, will discuss how it changes our view of Cromwell as a person, a soldier, and a politician.
Booking is via the Cambridge Alumni Festival, please click here 


11-12.00, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge
Broadcasting and politics in an age of digital disruption

In our turbulent times, Roger Mosey argues in his new book that public broadcasting and high-quality journalism are needed more than ever – especially when Westminster politics seems to be so badly damaged. He is joined in discussion by Baroness Sally Morgan, who has worked at the heart of government. They will be discussing how the daily news might be the very thing to help our democracy.   
Booking is via the Cambridge Alumni Festival, please click here


12.00 - 1.00, Selwyn garden
140th Anniversary Champagne Reception
The Master will join us for an informal celebration to start the anniversary year in the lovely surroundings of Selwyn's garden. 
There is no charge but booking is essential.

The Hall will be open until 1.30pm for the sale of hot and cold lunch, no booking required. The college cafe/bar will also be open from noon. 

From 2.30pm - visit Selwyn’s new and refurbished buildings. 

The magnificent new Quarry Whitehouse Auditorium and Bartlam Library in Ann’s Court will be open for guests to explore.  For the energetic, 100 steps will take you to the lantern viewing platform on top of the tower, allowing superb 360 degree views over Cambridge and the surrounding countryside.  
You may also like to visit the Old Library which is the new home for the college’s collection of archives and rare books, a special ‘140 years of Selwyn’ timeline display, an Anatomage Table demonstration or a visit to the Alumni Parlour.
3.45 - 4.30pm  refreshments served in the Quarry Whitehouse Auditorium
4.30 – 5.00pm   Informal ‘catch up’ session and Q&A with the Master, Roger Mosey and the Development Director, Mike Nicholson, in the Quarry Whitehouse Auditorium.

6.00pm in Chapel.
Commemoration of Benefactors Service
This will be a choral evensong and a chance to hear the new choir and meet Selwyn's new Chaplain, Revd Dr Arabella Millbank-Johnson. The preacher will be the Bishop of Ely, Rt Revd Stephen Conway (SE 1983).

140th Anniversary Dinner

This candle-lit, black-tie dinner, which incorporates  the 2012 year group reunion, is open to all alumni and guests.  Grace will be sung by the Selwyn Choir, who will also provide some choral entertainment.  Booking is essential. 
6.45pm  Drinks served in Old Court 
7.30pm – Three course dinner in Hall including wine and coffee
9.30pm – Cheese and port served in the Harrison Room

To book please use the form below