Category Archives: Somervillians

Winifred Holtby and South Riding

Winifred Hotlby came to Somerville in 1917 following a period of service in France in the First World War.  It was at Somerville that she met Vera Brittain (1914 –  author of  Testament of Youth) and after an initial period … Continue reading

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Somervillians in the First World War

Hilda Lorimer – Classics Tutor at Somerville 1896-1934.  Like many of her colleagues, Miss Lorimer divided her time during the First World War between teaching at Oxford and helping with the war effort.  Here she is pictured in the uniform … Continue reading

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Picnic on the River

A group of Somervillians and friends enjoying a day out on the river c 1925. Picture supplied by Edith Standen (1923).  Any identifications gratefully accepted! 

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1921 Group with Professor Gilbert Murray

  A group of tutors and students from 1921 under the Principalship of Emily Penrose (seated in the second row from the front directly under the central pillar). Sitting next to Miss Penrose is Professor Gilbert Murray, noted Classical scholar, internationalist and … Continue reading

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Two Principals, two princesses and a pioneering Indian lawyer

In this group from 1891, Miss Maitland the Principal (with dark bonnet) is surrounded by her staff and students, including future principal Emily Penrose (3rd from the right in the 3rd row), pioneering Indian lawyer Cornelia Sorabji (far left end of … Continue reading

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Dorothy L Sayers and Vera Brittain at Somerville in 1915

  Many Somervillians have gone on to great things and in this photo from 1915 we see Somerville College students Dorothy L Sayers (first standing row from the front, far left) and Vera Brittain (same row but at the far right).  … Continue reading

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