A Weekend of Alumni Dinners

16th September 2016

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Some 200 alumni and guests were welcomed back to Wadham to attend the annual 1610 Society and Wadham Alumni dinners. 

1610 Society Members were treated to an afternoon of academic talks, including presentations from our Librarian Tim Kirtley, who talked in depth about Shakespeare (to mark his 400th anniversary) and exhibited Wadham’s first and second Shakespeare Folios. 1610 Scholar Zhao Ng, talked about her research as a DPhil English student, and a College update was presented by Warden Ken Macdonald QC and Development Director Julie Hage.  Many guests continued on to Evensong in Chapel, with special music provided by organist Julian Littlewood and his choir. Guests reconvened to enjoy a drinks reception in the Cloister Gardens and a traditional dinner in Hall. 

A number of guests, particularly some visiting from as far afield as the US and Australia, made a full weekend of their stay at Wadham, and returned to the Alumni Dinner the following evening. Open to all alumni from across the years, it was great to see a mix of guests from 1947 right through to 2014. Due to heavy rain the drinks reception was held in the Ante Chapel, but as the sky cleared in the evening, guests trickled out into the Front Quad.  

'Brexit and Beyond' was the subject of the after dinner speech given by Anne McElvoy (Philosophy & Modern Languages, 1984). She spoke about the myths of the Brexit  campaign (such as the £350m figure, pledged to fund the NHS) and the Remain camp's inability to counteract them, failing to gauge the mood of the nation as a whole. She also noted that in the aftermath of the referendum, there are now two distinct types of Brexiteer: the 'Usain Bolts' who want to get from A to B as quickly as possible and trigger Article 50 without delay; and the 'Hotel California' types who believe that we can check out at any time but we’ll never truly leave the EU.  Needless to say, Politics students for years to come will be dissecting the downfall of the Remain Campaign.   

Many thanks to all who attended. Photos from both events can be viewed via the links below.


  • Choir being conducted at Evensong in Wadham Chapel

    Choir at Evensong

  • Fellow in Medicine, Stephen Goss

  • 1610 Scholar, Zhao Ng (DPhil, English)

  • Dinner by candlelight

    1610 Dinner by candlelight

  • Anne McElvoy talks to guests at the Alumni Dinner

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