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Winifred Holtby on the first Female MPs

  WINIFRED HOLTBY: AN INFORMED VIEW … AND A PRESCIENT ONE? Hugh Gault At the end of May 1929, and after five years of a reforming Conservative government, the first general election at which everybody aged 21 and over could … Continue reading

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Somerville’s Archives Blog relaunches!

We are very excited to announce that we have relaunched the Somerville Archives Blog under the new title History of Somerville College  Blog to be more representative of the items we plan to include. Our first post is from a guest contributor: historian … Continue reading

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A rare talent for friendship – Percy Withers

In 1976 a remarkable collection of letters, books, artwork and ephemera was given to the college by a Somerville alumna, Audrey Kennet (née Withers, 1924-7) and her sister Monica. The gift was made in honour of their parents Dr Percy … Continue reading

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Refugees Scholars at Somerville

Helen Darbishire and an extract from one of her letters in support of Lotte Labowsky’s father As with many primary sources, the Somerville Minutes of Council were created as an official record of the insitution yet they are inadvertently informative … Continue reading

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Online Catalogue Complete

The project to upgrade and digitise the catalogue of the papers of  Mary Somerville (1780-1872) is now complete.  For the first time, researchers all over the world will be able to have access to the complete listing of the collection … Continue reading

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Updating the Mary Somerville Online Catalogue

The first phase of this project is almost complete, with the catalogue of the collection amended and updated (in compliance with Bodleian guidelines) and the documents themselves curated and rehoused in archival-standard acid-free folders and boxes. And what a fascinating … Continue reading

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Mary Somerville

Somerville College was named after the renowned mathemetician, astronomer and scientist, Mary Somerville (1780-1872).  The College is fortunate to own her papers which were given by the descendents of Mary Somerville, the Fairfax-Lucy family. The papers are held in the Bodleian Library … Continue reading

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Blue Plaque for Mrs Humphry Ward

On Saturday 28th April 2012, one of the founders of Somerville College and its first Secretary of Council, Mary Ward (also known as Mrs Humphry Ward) was honoured in Oxford with a Blue Plaque on the house in North Oxford … Continue reading

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Somerville and The Great War

Archive material by its nature needs to be preserved and protected so that it is available in perpetuity for future generations.  This means that most of the time, the archive material is locked away with limited access for scholars.  Occasionally, … Continue reading

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Rose Macaulay as a caterpillar in 1903

In 1903 several students in their final year at Somerville got together to entertain their colleagues in College  with a ‘Going-Down Play’.  Dressed as an animal that they considered most closely resembled their nature, they appeared on stage whilst a … Continue reading

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