Chapel Events: Trinity Term 2022


Throughout Trinity Term


Wadham Chapel (some exceptions)


Weekly Choral Evensong, Pride Prayers, Tree Appreciations, and more. For full details, click the link above.

Evensong Schedule

1st week 24 April Trinity Term: Thinking in Threes

Omne trium perfectum: on the Chapel’s 409th birthday, The Chaplain completes this year’s series of talks inspired by Oxford term names by examining the cognitive power of groups of three in human culture.

2nd week 1 May: Patterns in Mathematics

Wadham’s own Wissam Ghantous is a DPhil candidate in Mathematics studying number theory, with research interests in algebraic number theory (elliptic curves, modular forms, L-functions) and post-quantum isogeny-based cryptography.

3rd week 8 May: Patterns in Mineral Forms

Dr Duncan Murdock manages the minerology, petrology, and some of the invertebrate palaeontology collections of the University Museum of Natural History. His research interests focus on using the fossil record to understand the early anatomy and evolution of animals; in particular, how decay and preservation bias our understanding of exceptionally preserved fossils.

4th week 15 May: Patterns in Fossils

Dr Frankie Dunn is a research fellow at the Natural History Museum, also studying how the fossil record informs our views of the origin and early evolution of animals. Her current research concerns a group of organisms known as the Ediacaran Macrobiota, which appear in the fossil record ~570 million years ago and may represent some of the most ancient records of animal life.

5th week 22 May: Patterns and Math in the Arts of the Islamic World

Dr Federica Gigante curates the Collection from the Islamic World at Oxford’s History of Science Museum. Her research concerns the transmission of knowledge and the movement of ideas, people, and things—artefacts, manuscripts, scientific instruments, and natural specimens—between the Islamic world and Italy in the early modern period.

6th week 29 May: Patterns in the Night Sky

Dr Silke Ackermann directs the History of Science Museum. Her research interests include the transfer of knowledge between the Islamic World and Europe, medieval and early modern scientific instruments in cultural and social context, and the history of astrology and calendars in Europe and the Islamic World.

7th week 5 June: Thinking in Tongues (Patterns and the Neurodivergent Mind)

On the Christian feast of Pentecost, famed for a miracle that enabled people of diverse nations to understand the Disciples speaking as if in their own language, Chapel Warden and alumna Josie Ediss (Modern Languages, 2016) considers patterns that underlie some neurodivergent thought processes.

8th week 12 June: Patterns in Life (Leavers’ Service)

As we bid farewell to our Leavers on the Christian feast of the Trinity, The Chaplain reflects on the cycles and seasons of our progression through life.