Somerville College Picture ArchiveSomerville College's archives include many images dating back to its foundation in 1879. This website will build up into an online visual record of the College as it has changed over the years, featuring some of its personalities on the way. Click on a category at the top of the page for a slide show or on one of the posts below for a random image!
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Category Archives: Student groups
In this snap from c 1924, four Somerville students are captured in the snowy grounds of Somerville, playing musical instruments, singing carols and in one case, smoking a cigarette! The photo was given to the College in 1980 by one of … Continue reading
Somerville boat club celebrates its 90th anniversary this year! Here is a photo from its early days in 1925 with a boat crew being coached by ‘Best, the waterman’ in a flat cap. Crew members are: Stroke: Dominica Legge (1923), … Continue reading
This clipping from The Sphere in 1922 shows a group of jubilant Somerville students clutching what appear to be degree certificates outside the Sheldonian. It was only in 1920 that women were admitted as members of Oxford University and therefore … Continue reading
Several publicity shots were taken of Somerville life and buildings in about 1933. Here is a scene of two young ladies relaxing in a room at Somerville – perhaps one of the newly built rooms in East Quad (later renamed Darbishire) ? … Continue reading
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!
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
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