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The Founders’ Collection of Children’s Books 19th Century children’s literature

Alumnae Directory Details of the new webpages for all your news and how to keep in touch

Lucy Cavendish Dinner Saturday 8 March 2008

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Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fellows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Honorary Fellows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

The Bursar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 New initiatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Naming a Bursary at Lucy Cavendish

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Lucy Cavendish Dinner

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Fellows’ News

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Departures and Arrivals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Home and Away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Medics and Vets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Teaching and Tutorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Selected Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Federico de Roberto

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Lucy Cavendish College Boat Club

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University Challenge

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Lucy Cavendish College Choir

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Further Adventures with Jane and Morag:

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Honorary Fellows

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May Bumps Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Pedagogy in the Cyclades. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Stella Rimington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Anne Owers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Anna Ford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

The College 2006-07

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President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Honorary Fellows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Emeritus Fellows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Governing Body Fellows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Bursar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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Research Fellows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Visiting Fellows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Visiting Scholars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Members by Election . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Honorary Members of the Combination Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Members of the Combination Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Post-Doctoral Members of the Combination Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

The Students

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First Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Second Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Third Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Fourth Years and above, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Graduate Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

In Memoriam

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Eileen Clifford 1912-2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Sheila Joan Innes 1947-2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Anne McLaren 1927–2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Laurence Ernest Rowland Picken 1909-2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Joan Anne Simms1918 -2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Development News

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Annual Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Alumnae Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Features

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Life Drawing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Women in the Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 You Can Live Forever. Julie Maxwell (Jonathan Cape, 2007) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

The Founders’ Collection of Children’s Books

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Formal Hall List

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Report from the President Medical Sciences, Engineering, Education and English.

Academic success by our students has been matched by other

achievements in the form of

published poetry and short stories,

beautiful drawings produced at the life classes kindly arranged by

Sarah Gull, five half-blues in sport and the much prized blade

achieved by the combined LucyHughes Hall eight. And then to

have Jeremy Paxman telling our

team on University Challenge to hold their heads high is praise indeed: at one stage it really Dame Veronica and Anne Owers at the Induction Ceremony for Anne Owers in January 2007.

seemed as if our team would beat

the former overall winners Warwick University.

The academic year 2006-07 has been one in which Lucy Cavendish College

Fellows

showed that it has truly come of age.

Research undertaken by our

This was typified by many of our

setting new highs. There were nine

Women’s Day, when we held our

Engineering, History of Art, Social

Formal Halls: International

Women in the Media Panel (see

p.45) and the evening when Anna Ford gave her Lucy Cavendish CWL Lecture were just two

occasions when the range of guests and the dining ambience that is unique to us came together to

reflect a vibrant self-confidence. And there is much to be selfconfident about.

Firsts (in Classics, Chemical

and Political Sciences, Medicine, Natural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine) and an excellent

proportion of Upper Seconds,

moving us up two places in the Tompkins Table ranking of

Cambridge Colleges. Graduate

students have also done well, with a record number gaining their

degrees on completion of a variety of taught and research courses,

Students

including fourteen PhDs and

Ten years after we achieved full

subjects is extremely wide, the most

College status our students are

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twenty-five MPhils. The range of popular being Biological and

Fellows is of course our lifeblood, contributing to our profile as an academic institution. Mirca

Madianou has been awarded both a research fellowship from the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, and a research grant from the Economic and

Research Council for her work on

new communications media. In the wider arena I must also mention Julie Maxwell winning the Betty

Trask Prize for her first novel “You Can Live for Ever” (see review

p.46). Sadly for us however she

resigned her Fellowship after an all too short time. Her replacement as

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hard-working staff. Our students know that in the Library they can count on the willingness of the

resourced College. We have

Honorary Fellows

Librarians to search out particular

University Teaching Officers

On a happier note, our special

Bursar and her team will ensure the

Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia

Fellow Claire Tomalin on her

admitted to the Fellowship two (UTOs): Jackie Brearley, Senior and Sabine Bahn, Reader in

Psychology; and in October 2007 Lucy Cavendish attracted a

Professorial Fellow – Professor Christine Howe of the Faculty of Education.

The year has alas also seen sadness among the Emeritus and Honorary Fellows on whom we rely so much for loyal support and inspiration.

congratulations go to Honorary induction as an Honorary

Graduand of the University: the joint dinner with Newnham to

celebrate this was a memorable

event. And we are grateful to our two newest Honorary Fellows,

Anne Owers and Anna Ford, who

gave stimulating talks on the work

volumes for them; the Domestic

best possible accommodation, while the kitchen staff will listen carefully to requests, providing comfort food when necessary; that Scarlet Wang, the IT Manager who arrived in the summer following the departure

after the many years service of Bill

Nelson and Tim Flood, will strive to provide up-to-date communications

So much depends too on every member of our loyal and hard-working staff...

Eileen Clifford died in May, after an

the willingness of the Librarians ... the best possible accommodation, while the

spanning almost 50 years. She

security and a beautiful environment in which to relax

as Steward, and was for a period

of the Chief Inspector of Prisons,

systems; the Porters will look after

missed for her wisdom, kindness

respectively. These are two areas

a beautiful environment in which

involvement with the College

served in many capacities, notably acting President. She will be much and abiding interest in the College, but her legacy will live on, for she has generously remembered us in

kitchen staff will listen carefully to requests; up-to-date communications,

and freedom of expression

that are much in the news at

present, and many of our Honorary Fellows are prominent in national

security, and the gardeners provide to relax – building on the work of Helen Seal, who has left us to take up a position in the

debates across such a wide range of

Botanical Gardens.

respected geneticist who was one of

I am certain that central to our self

The Bursar

November 2007, Joan Simms,

community that has always been a

possible without sound finances.

her Will. Sadly I have to note too

the death in July of Professor Anne McLaren, the internationally our Honorary Fellows. In

Emeritus Fellow, died aged 89.

She had been a generous benefactor and friend to the College, with the establishment of the Simms Schoolmistress Fellowship

– later converted into a College

pressing issues.

confidence is the sense of

None of this of course would be

feature of Lucy Cavendish. Of

On these, following the completion

course the academic success of our students depends critically on the special support they receive from their Directors of Studies and

Tutors, so ably led by the Senior

Tutor; but so much depends too on every member of our loyal and

of the Oldham Hall project and the

arrival of our new Bursar, there has been much hard work. The first

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Particular mention must be made of the gift by Dr Peter Brooks of his extensive library of books on the Reformation. This beautiful and

unique collection will be placed in one of the basement rooms on

shelving funded by the Friends of

the Library. This organisation has now been wound up, but we are grateful to Beryl Newns and her

colleagues for their support over

many years. The collection itself will eventually feature on our newly enhanced website and

should attract scholars from around the world.

Dame Veronica and Dame Stella at Dame Stella’s induction before Christmas Formal Hall 2006

working environment including the

conference income, a good Colleges

Handbook (in parallel with a

additional award from the Wolfson

completion of a new Employment Compendium for Fellows) with a clear statement of terms and

conditions for staff. I salute the

speed with which Dr Carter has already achieved so much.

Fund settlement, a generous

Foundation, and a magnificent

donation from our former Vice-

includes one of our former Trustees, Chris Johnson, who provides much wise advice. We have also been

greatly helped by the continuing impact of the generous bequest

from Susan Maddocks, increased

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endemic problems. The most

fundamental of these – in common

with a number of other colleges - is

difference and we are all grateful

contribute to the Annual Fund, and

Committee has been set up which

but it would be foolish to overlook

flagpole! Every donation makes a

As regards finances themselves, updated; a new Investment

is positive in the life of the College,

forgetting also her gift of our new for the generosity of the many

our investment portfolio has been

It is pleasing to record so much that

President, Lindsey Traub, not

Finances efficiencies have been achieved and

New initiatives

members of our community who to our Bursary Scheme (see p.8). Our community is donating in

greater and greater numbers and

this participation rate plays a vital

role in demonstrating our worth as

the underlying annual deficit.

Please do not hesitate to contact our

following the measures described

a beneficiary to outside bodies. Head of Development, Meryl

Davies, if you would like to discuss giving to the College.

While this is on an improving trend above, more needs to be done if we are to remain competitive in

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and students. To this end we have

Abulafia was asked by Cambridge

time at Lucy Cavendish. This past

initiatives.

on Jewish/Christian Relations at the

demanding - and fulfilling - of my

therefore taken two important

First, to ensure a steady stream of

in America to give a talk in Chicago time of the Crusades.

year has been one of the most

stewardship and I am grateful for

fee-paying students, we have decided to strengthen our

admissions staff, by employing for

an initial year an alumna, Sue Long, who has considerable experience of the admissions process following employment at the Cambridge

Admissions Office. She will devote her energies to travelling widely both in the UK and abroad to

stimulate interest in what we have to offer. It is hoped that these

efforts will bring an increase in

successful applications, and thus

Dame Veronica, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen and Dr Anna Abulafia (Margaret Penston)

also improve our income stream.

Our new website (see p.43) is

the support I have received from so

Secondly, with the aim of

the College’s profile, as are our

President. I look forward to two

expanding our endowment, we are taking advice from a firm of

consultants to guage reaction to raising the profile of our

fundraising activities. I am grateful to those of you who have helped

them to gain an understanding of the College.

These initiatives will underpin

work already undertaken by our

Admissions and Graduate Tutors

on the one hand, and on the other

by the Vice-President and Head of

Development. Both the latter have visited the US recently, to raise

funds and to promote the College

more widely. In addition to Meryl Davies’s meetings in Boston, New York and Washington, Anna

playing an important role in raising growing contacts with bankers and lawyers, and with the press.

The Lucy Cavendish lecture series

has also attracted large audiences to talks on diverse topics. Sir

Christopher Hum spoke on

developments in China, and Simon Baron-Cohen gave a lecture on

autism. In addition, the Alumnae Association, ably led by Jill

Armstrong (1999), is active in organising events and talks,

including a forum in London at

which Rabbi Julia Neuburger was the guest speaker – on women as

drivers of change through the ages. After six years I am sadly now

entering the final months of my

many people, led by the Vice-

more terms of hard work, drawing

on the experience I have acquired in my time here.

Dame Veronica Sutherland President

p.s. The Newsletter for 2006-07 is appearing later than usual owing to a series of complicated IT difficulties which delayed its production. This gives me the opportunity to welcome Professor Janet Todd as my successor. The College is indeed privileged to have as its next President a distinguished academic who has also been an Honorary Fellow of the College for some years. I wish her the very best of good fortune.

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Naming a Bursary at Lucy Cavendish When ‘top up fees’ were introduced it was decided that no student

should be barred from attending the

donor or to honour somebody

admired by one or more donors.

University of Cambridge on

What better way to mark the 80th

of up to £3,000 (or £5,000 for mature

our President from 1985-1993, than

financial grounds and so Bursaries students) were introduced. The

University and the Colleges have

schemes whereby these Bursaries can be set up in the name of a

Birthday of Dame Anne Warburton, by naming a Bursary in her honour? Dame Anne worked tirelessly to

promote the College, oversaw the

huge expansion of the site with the building of Oldham Hall, de Brye,

Bertram and, of course, Warburton

Hall. Most of all those students who were here in her day remember her with great fondness and profound respect. Those of us who have

joined the College since but who have met Dame Anne here

understand this and feel the same way.

The Dame Anne Warburton 80th Birthday Bursary Fund was

launched at a party to mark her

birthday in June. It will form part of our Annual Giving programme and contributions are welcome at any

time. Equally if anyone would like to discuss naming a Bursary in

honour of someone close to them or to introduce a corporate donor to the Named Bursary scheme then please do not hesitate to contact Meryl Davies, Head of

Development on 01223 764020 or

development@lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk

Baroness Perry (fifth President), Dame Anne (fourth President) and Dame Veronica (sixth President) at Dame Anne’s 80th Birthday Celebrations

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Lucy Cavendish Dinner The Lucy Cavendish Dinner will take place on Saturday 8 March

2008 (7pm for 7.30pm). The Dinner will be preceded by the Alumnae Association AGM.

All Alumnae and other members of the College are warmly invited to

attend the dinner. If you would like to take this as an opportunity to

organise a reunion for particular

year or subject groups, please feel free to contact the Head of Development.

The booking form for the dinner will be posted on the website

(www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk) and will

be emailed to alumnae. If you think that we do not have an email

address for you then please get in touch: development@lucycav.cam.ac.uk

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Fellows’ News Departures and Arrivals

Dr Brearley’s role in the

Fellow in History, spoke on

2006-07 saw Dr Sarah Brown leave

has been to ensure an efficient

century Christian-Jewish Relations’

us for a Research Chair at Anglia Ruskin University but we

welcomed Dr Jackie Brearley who is University Senior Lecturer in

Veterinary Anaesthesia. Dr Julie

Maxwell, Fellow in English, and Dr Catherine Mackenzie, University Lecturer in Law (Land Economy)

both joined the Fellowship for one year.

Dr Maxwell’s research this year has been led partly by invitations to contribute chapters to multi-

authored studies. ‘Early Modern Religious Prose’ (for the

forthcoming Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature) explores the literary legacy of

William Tyndale. Once the Bible was translated into the English

Department of Veterinary Medicine clinical service in anaesthesia, pain management and critical care; to

provide a lecture based course in anaesthesia to the fourth year

students; to provide clinical small

group learning experience for final year students and to try to ensure that the second year veterinary

students have some appreciation

that theoretical pharmacology has

clinical relevance by giving lectures in the MODA course. In addition

was Shakespeare’s rival. Julie also published a novel, You Can Live Forever, which was Book of the

Month on BBC Radio 5 in May and won a Betty Trask Award in June.

She has recently become a reviewer for Routledge’s on-line Annotated

University of Notre Dame in the

US. Dr Anat Scolnicov, Fellow in Law, presented a paper, at the

University of Sydney, on ‘Religion and the Political Imagination’.

Dr Jane Renfrew visited Canada

for the first time accompanying her

programme this year, the unit has managed to start some clinical

investigations, the major one being the sponsored investigation of a

new injectable anaesthetic drug.

is responsible for a large module,

spiritual life of the playwright who

the Medieval Institute at the

instigation of an active research

(for the forthcoming CUP

introduces the unconventional

Transformations, 950-1200 held at

very good about not requiring the

Dr Mackenzie is a University

publication Jonson in Context)

at a conference on European

although the department has been

language, what were the effects on

writing style? ‘Jonson and Religion’

‘Continuity and Change in Twelfth-

Lecturer in Environmental Law and International Environmental Law,

husband to the University of British

students in Law (LLM), Land

attending a conference on the

which is offered to postgraduate

Economy (MPhil), Engineering for Sustainable Development (MPhil)

and Technology Policy (MPhil). Her research explores the relationship between international law and forest policy.

Columbia in Vancouver and

influence of the Classical world on

contemporary societies. She visited the Museum of Ethnography in

Vancouver to see their collections of First Nation artefacts and the

University of British Columbia in

Victoria to see the impressive First

Bibliography of English Studies, her first assignment being Greg

Home and Away

Nation exhibits in the Royal

Walker’s writing Under Tyranny (OUP, 2005).

In 2006–07 the Fellows travelled to

various corners of the globe to share

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their expertise at conferences and

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Victoria Museum, where she was ethnobotanical displays. From

there the Renfrews went on to the


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completed in 2008). She has also

investigating scattering from rough

Research Grant for the project

find application in radar remote

Missouri visiting the Missouri

received a British Academy Small

remains of the ancient city of

‘Language Education and Pedagogy

Botanic Garden and to seeing the Cahokia. In May/ June Dr Renfrew spent two weeks in the Kouphonisi studying this season’s finds from

the early bronze age sites of Kavos and Daskalio on Keros, and taking casts of the mat impressions on the bases of pots.

Dr Edith Esch gave the keynote

address at the Seminar on English

in English and French-speaking Cameroon: a Comparative

Approach to Primary School Teachers’ perceptions’(to be

carried out between March 08 and August 09).

Sue Brindley, Senior Lecturer in

Education, gave an invited opening keynote in Dubai at the Education

and Digital technologies conference on teachers, research and ICT. She also ran a seminar in Nice for

international teacher researchers on research methods in the social sciences.

Several Fellows used vital

sabbatical leave further to progress their work: Jane McLarty,

Admissions Tutor and Director of

Studies in Theology took time out and Empowerment in the

Developing World , Aga Khan

University, Karachi, Pakistan on ‘English and Empowerment:

potential, issues and prospects’ She also attended the British /Irish

Association in Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, Cork and is

the International Scholar for Leila

Iyldyz, Central Asian Research and Teaching Initiative (CARTI) Junior Fellowship (Soros Foundation

funding) for her project ‘Impact of language policies in Kazakhstan Secondary Education’ (to be

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from teaching and her work in

College Admissions to finish the

first draft of her PhD (which she is working on part-time at King’s College London) on the role of

emotion in the Acts of Paul and

Thecla “an early Christian narrative

- like the canonical Acts, but racier”. Dr Orsola Rath Spivack, Fellow in Mathematics, used her sabbatical term to branch out her research interests to encompass

electromagnetic waves, as well as

acoustic waves, and to devise and

write a new Part III course on wave scattering. As a result she is now

dielectric surfaces with results that sensing. She is also continuing research into acoustic waves,

currently looking at propagation in random media in addition to

scattering from ship and aircraft hulls.

Dr Mirca Madianou, Fellow in

Social and Political Sciences was awarded an Early Career

Fellowship at the Centre for

Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) to

develop publications from her

research on Emotion and News. She was also awarded a Research Grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on ‘Migration, ICTs and the

transformation of transnational

family life’ and she will investigate ethnographically a hitherto unacknowledged aspect of

globalisation and migration: the

way it affects the private lives of

individuals. They are particularly

interested in the new phenomenon of transnational families and the role of new communication

technologies in the maintenance of

primary long-distance relationships. In March 2007 Dr Madianou was

invited to give a talk on nationalism and mediated culture at York

University, Toronto, Canada. She also presented papers from her

research on emotion and news at international conferences in San

Francisco (ICA), Oxford (CRESC),

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Symposium 2008, which is to be held in Cambridge.

Jillinda Tiley, Fellow in Law, has

Sue also now works for CARET, the

travelled widely: to Tenerife and

Educational Technology, where I

been on leave of absence and has Ascension Island en route to St

Helena, St Helena and then South

Africa; to the Netherlands twice to Leiden and Amsterdam and the

Hague, where she was entertained by the VP of International Court;

and to Finland and many trips to Scotland. She returned refreshed from her travels for the 2007-08 academic year.

Meanwhile Julie Dashwood

organised a conference at Lucy

Cavendish (see p.16) and gave a

lecture at the University of Palermo.

Centre for Applied Research in

have been mainly working with the

team who have introduced a virtual

collaborative environment for use in teaching and research across the

University. Known as CamTools,

the software system is now being

widely used by many members of

the University as well as a number of Colleges. The team at CARET

provides user support for CamTools as well as being involved with

software development to more closely match its functionality

with the needs of the academic community.

year focussed on establishing 2

randomised clinical trials to be run by the National Blood

Service/Medical Research Council Clinical Studies Unit. The first is a

3-5 year study to establish whether patients with sickle cell anaemia

require routine transfusion before

planned surgery to reduce the level of abnormal sickle haemoglobin.

The second study is to establish the

safety of blood passed through new filters designed to remove

infectious prions from blood

donations. Prions are the infectious agents which cause BSE and its

human counterpart vCJD. It is now clear that there is a small risk of vCJD transmission via blood

transfusion, and in the absence of a screening test, filtration

might be an effective way to

Dr Sue Jackson currently works in

Medics and Vets

protect the blood supply.

years been Executive Secretary of

Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Dr Allison Curry continues to have

Initiative (www.cei.group

our medical Fellows are vital

two areas: She has for the past three the Cambridge Environmental

.cam.ac.uk) which is based in the

Department of Earth Sciences. CEI

acts as a single point of contact for those people within and outside

the University who wish to find out ‘who is doing what’ in

environmental-related research

are two of our biggest subjects and

a busy life in the Lab at the

members of the University’s

Addenbrooke’s Hospital and recent

teaching staff as well as being active in research in the University. Dr Lorna Williamson, Reader in

Haematology has done research this

Department of Surgery,

publications are listed under Fellows’ publications.

Unfortunately, the British Heart

Foundation will not be funding this research in the future.

across all disciplines. They maintain

The third cohort of students from

researchers and host a series of

Medicine qualified this June. The

a web-based Directory of

colloquia to encourage inter-

disciplinary links and networks. We are currently supporting the

coordination and planning of the Leverhulme Climate Change

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the Cambridge Graduate Course in course continues to develop in line

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international conferences.

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Learning Fund and to the Careers Service Syndicate. As her turn

came round again this year to be

Standard course, which provides

Teaching and Tutorial

the College’s representative on the

the many ways the humanities can

Dr Allison Curry continues to enjoy

and to chair the CGCM Admissions

continues to be a productive source

always a mad rush in the Christmas

five weeks at Easter to think about enrich medical practice. This

of ideas. The college system in Cambridge provides for interdisciplinary conversation for

students and fellows and, this year,

with Trinity poet-in-residence Jacob Polley.

In a separate but related area is Dr Ruth Cameron whose research in pharmaceutical and medical

materials progresses well. Research

doing medical admissions. It is

Term trying to fit in shortlisitng and interviewing into a few weeks but then so gratifying to see the

previous year graduate in the

CGCM Committee of Management Forum, and other internal and

external committee work continued at its usual pace, it has been an

exceptionally busy year for our Senior Tutor.

summer. With the combination of

Jane McLarty has chaired the

Graduate Course in Medicine

the Faculty: they ran a Sutton Trust

Mature, affiliated and Cambridge students just under 1/3 of our

undergraduate population are

medics and it is great to see the developing an active medical society and joining in the

Cambridge Wilderness Society. Outside Lucy, Allison has been busy running classes for staff

development on supervising and

Access and Outreach Committee for Summer School in the Faculty for the first time this year. Jane has continued to teach Greek and a

variety of New Testament papers for the Divinity Faculty.

Lorna McNeur has been making the transition during the past two years, from sixteen years as a

small group teaching, and as an initiative by the Cambridge

Admissions Forum, courses for

those that conduct interviews for the University on interview

procedures/techniques to be used. is ongoing in materials for

orthopaedic replacement, nerve regeneration and drug delivery

through oral and pulmonary routes, with industrial and academic

One again I have been invited to represent the Cambridge

Admissions Office to interview

Oxbridge candidates in India this year.

collaborations with Cambridge, the

Julie Dashwood has been

community. Results from the group

Undergraduate Admissions

UK and the international

have been published in peer

reappointed to the University’s

University Lecturer at the

Committee and appointed to the

working with the Department on a

University Court of Discipline, to the committee of the Access to

Department of Architecture to

consulting basis, as an Affiliated

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block related to their architectural

Compacted Granular System” Particles and Particle System Characterisation, 2006, 23, 1-8

Medicine and Naturally Occurring Cross-linker” Crystal Growth and Design Submitted

production of essays or

R.E. Cameron “Cambridge Centre

architecture and other subjects more

materials for the body” Cambridge,

Y. Sun, S. P. Lacour, R. A. Brooks, N. Rushton, J. Fawcett, R. E. Cameron “Assessment of Biocompatibility of Photosensitive Polyimide for Implantable Medical Device Use” Biomaterials Submitted

Lecturer working with students

who might be suffering from design design work, or writer’s block in the dissertations, inclusive of

generally. In this way and in her

research, Lorna has been combining her knowledge of architecture, teaching, and psychotherapy; particularly in the realms of environment and emotions.

As well as carrying on as a member of CPAC and looking after and examining the Computational

Projects in Waves and in Nonlinear Dynamics for Part II of the Maths

Tripos Dr Orsola Rath Spivack also

teaches a Part III course. Selected Publications

Anna Sapir Abulafia published articles on ‘The Jews and the Crusades’ and ‘The Hebrew Sources’ in The Crusades. An Encyclopedia, ed. A.V. Murray (2006). Ruth Cameron X. Fu, M. Dutt, G.E. Milroy, C. Wu, A.C. Bentham, B.C. Hancock, G. Nichols, R.E. Cameron and J.A. Elliott “Investigation of Particle Packing and Compaction in Model Systems for Pharmaceutical Powders Using Quantitative X-ray Microtomography” Powder Technology, 2006, 167, 134-140 X. Fu, M. Dutt, J.A. Elliott , A.C. Bentham, B.C. Hancock and R.E. Cameron “Application of X-ray Microtomography and Image Processing to the Investigation of a

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for Medical Materials: designing 2006, 58, 3-4

Z. Yang, E.S. Thian, S.M. Best and R.E. Cameron “A Novel Way of Dispersing Fine Ceramic Particles in Polylactide-co-glycolide Matrix” Key Engineering Materials, 2007, 330332, 511 - 514 J.S. Capes and R.E.Cameron “Contact line crystallization to obtain metastable polymorphs” Crystal Growth and Design, 2007, 7(1), 108 - 112 J.S. Capes and R.E.Cameron “Effect of Polymer Addition on the Contact Line Crystallisation of Paracetamol” CrystEngCom, 2007, 9(1), 84-90 L.M Ehrenfried, M.H. Patel and R.E. Cameron, “The effect of tri-calcium phosphate (TCP) addition on the degradation of polylactide-coglycolide (PLGA)” Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine Accepted for publication P.R. Laity and R.E. Cameron “A Small Angle X-ray Scattering Study of Polymer Powder Compaction, Part 1: A Morphological Explanation for the Observed SAXS Behaviour” Powder Technology Submitted S.L. Trevor, M.F. Butler, S. Adams, P.R. Laity, J.C. Burley and R.E. Cameron, “Structure and Phase Transitions of Genipin, a Herbal

Allison Curry Curry A.J Chickwe J, Smith X.G, Cai M, Schwartz H, Bradley J.A, and Bolton E.M. (2004) OX40 (CD134) blockade inhibits the co-stimulatory cascade and promotes heart allograft survival. Transplantation 78: 807-814 CJ Callaghan, FJ Rouhani, MC Negus, AJ Curry, EM Bolton, JA Bradley, GJ Pettigrew (2007). The abrogation of antibody-mediated allograft rejection by regulatory CD4 T cells with indirect allospecificity. Journal of Immunology 178:2221-2228 Curry.A.J, Pettigrew G.J, Negus M.C, Easterfield.A.J, Young.J.L, Bolton E.M, and Bradley.J.A. (2007) Dendritic cells internalize and represent confomationally-intact soluble MHC class I alloantigens for generation of alloantibody. European Journal of Immunology 37(3): 696-705 Julie Dashwood reviewed the recent volume A History of Italian Theatre, edited by Joseph Farrell and Paolo Puppa, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006 for Pirandello Studies. Edith Esch Esch, E (2007), Français d’ailleurs: the pluricentricity of French Identities? in Bennett, W & Jones,


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M. (eds.) The French Language and Questions of Identity, London: Legenda (MHRA/Maney). Esch, E., (in press), Autonomy ten years on: Clash or Crash? In: Pemberton , R.et al.(eds.) Autonomy and Language Learning: maintaining Control. Hong Kong, Hong Kong University Press. Esch, E. (submitted) Researching Language Education in Cameroun in Mpoche, K.and K. Harrow (eds.) Language, Literature and Education in Multicultural Societies: Collaborative Research on Africa (submitted to Cambridge Scholars ed. ).

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Dr Helen Payne, Routledge, London, ISSN 1743-2979.c. Jane Renfrew The leaf and mat impressions. Chapter 8C in Marangue, L.,Renfrew C., Doumas C., and Gavalas G., Markiani on Amorgos, An early bronze age fortified site. British School of Archaeology, Athens Supplementary volume no. 40 Carbonized seeds. Chapter 9C in the same volume Food and Feasting in Antiquity Antiquity vol 80. 310f December 2006

Sarah Gull The Humanities in Medical Education in Cambridge Cambridge Medicine Vol 21 Issue 1 Feb 2007 50-52 Lorna McNeur Conference proceedings, “Metaphorical Manhattan”, Primitive: Original Matters in Architecture Editors: Odgers/Samuel /Sharr, conference publication, Routledge, London., ISBN13: 978-0-415-38538-1, pp. 176180 “NYC WTC 911 - The Healing Gardens of Paradise Lost” in Vista: The Culture and Politics of the Garden, Editors: Kingsbury/Richardson, Francis Lincoln Press, ISBN 07112 2575 3, pp. 161-180 “The Intimate Dance of Being, Buildings, and Body Psychotherapy”, in Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, Autumn e-journal issue, Chief Editor

The President and Fellows at the induction of Anne Owers as an Honorary Fellow (Margaret Penston)

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Federico de Roberto translated into English by Archibald Colquhoun as The Viceroys (1961)

he is scarcely known in the English-

The conference had the generous

The title of the Conference,

the Department of Italian, and the

double meaning, referring both to the historical and political context of De Roberto’s work and to the

Our Senior Tutor, Julie Dashwood, co-organised a conference with our Visiting Fellow Professor

Margherita Ganeri (Università

della Calabria) at Lucy Cavendish on 22 and 23 March.

resurgence of scholarly interest in

him in Italy. Further, it was a major objective of the Conference to give impetus to such a resurgence outside Italy. Beginning with

Antonio Di Grado’s keynote paper,

new light was shed on the outdated naturalist and decadent readings of De Roberto, especially through an

analysis of the major themes of love

De Roberto is best known for his novel I Viceré (1894) set in Sicily in the years from 1850 to 1880, which tells the story of the aristocratic Uzeda di Francalanza family during and after the Italian Risorgimento and Unification. The Conference focused on the

and power in his work. An

Roberto (1861-1927). Born in

contemporary, Luigi Pirandello,

works and influence of Federico De Naples, but considered a Sicilian

writer as he spent most of his life in Catania, De Roberto is best known for his novel I Viceré (1894) set in Sicily in the years from 1850 to

1880, which tells the story of the

aristocratic Uzeda di Francalanza

family during and after the Italian

Risorgimento and Unification. After a period of neglect, De Roberto is again increasingly being

studied in Italy, but although his most famous novel was

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(2007) film based on I Viceré.

speaking world.

therefore, was chosen as it had a

Federico de Roberto

director Roberto Faenza’s new

examination of his influence on his and on the later Sicilian writer,

Tomasi di Lampedusa, widened

the debate on the treatment of the theme of the Risorgimento by

Sicilian writers and on the historical novel in general. Finally, a

contemporary and interdisciplinary perspective was provided by

Margherita Ganeri’s paper, the

concluding Round Table and the

discussion and presentation of film

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Lucy Cavendish College Boat Club May Bumps Report

between three of us we mustered

up the strength to fix it. Thanks to Ailsa (and Mum) for coming and helping us at the start, it’s really

appreciated, and to all the people

cheering us on from the bank, it’s

really encouraging, especially when the pain starts to set in!

Day 3 We bumped LMBC III!!! It

was a short and sweet race due to the fact they got off to a terrible

start, the strong current forced them back into the bank and they The Lucy Cavendish Hughes Hall May Bumps winning team

Day 1 Well today proved to be a

officially awarded. After many

were high, we had to do some last

the bump had been given!!!! I think

real rollercoaster of a ride. Tensions minute rearrangements of the crew which meant no-one really knew

how the boat was going to feel. The girls all knew we had put in more

work than probably any other crew

tense minutes it was confirmed that our cheers could be heard all along the river!! One down! One position

higher, and I still have the willow in my hair to prove it!

in out division (thanks to a very

Day 2 We bumped New Hall II!!!!

hour long ergs were necessary!),

minutes following the call from our

enthusiastic coach who insisted

and we all wanted to prove this. The cannon was fired and we got off to an amazing start, it was

confident and strong and there

were calls that we were catching on Churchill II with every stroke

whilst maintaining a good distance from CCAT II. The call came we

The race was over in roughly three cox that we were ‘catching like crazy’. She called for 10 strong

strokes to ensure the bump, but we only needed 2! Yet again, we

weren’t short of drama, we began

the day covering our boat in large

pieces of tape to repair the damage done during yesterdays bump.

had overlap but a split second later

Then, on the way to the start, one of

to a collision ahead. We collided

the bit that holds the blade in

a call came that we had to stop due hard with Churchill II but no-one knew if the bump had been

the gates on the boat broke (that’s

place). Luckily a chap on the bank

struggled to push away again.

Within 10 strokes we had overtaken them and it was race over.

Day 4 Lucy Cavendish-Hughes Hall rowing team won blades!!!

This is an amazing achievement and congratulations must go out to all the girls, our cox Ting, and our

coach Hayley for their hard work and commitment throughout the

past year. The last race was over in around a minute. We got another amazing start, and were catching

with every stroke... St. Cats didn’t stand a chance! Thank you to everyone who came down to

support us over the week, despite

the bad weather conditions we had

amazing support on the bank which really helped us all. We’re rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with on the Cam!

Thanks again for your support Helen Atherton

was carrying a spanner and

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University Challenge presenting, and constantly being recognised in the street as a

celebrity (alright, I’m still waiting

for that one). If anyone missed it, I’m afraid to say it’s online at

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v10 47678f2bft5Sq, but please bear in

mind that I’ve been kidnapped and my shy, quiet alter ego is replacing me in the televised version. Anna Bull (2006) SPS

Jeremy Paxman with the Lucy Cavendish University Challenge team

Only two years ago Lucy

representatives from Lucy. Our

University Challenge, and this year

score of minus five, but we soon

Cavendish was represented in

we had the honour once again. Our distinguished team included Karen Alexander, studying natural

sciences, Tina Poole, archaeology

and anthropology, Laura Cowan,

English, myself as captain, studying

social and political sciences, and our reserve and organisational genius, medical student Nichola Hodges.

team began impressively with a took the lead by answering

questions ranging from celebrity

dogs to women’s fashion magazine editors. Alas, in the last few

minutes Warwick surged ahead and won with an impressive 225 points. The Paxman bestowed our final score of 130 with the epithet of ‘respectable’, and we retired to the green room to have

Our opponents were Warwick

a drink with him and our gracious

won the final the year before, albeit

shattered nerves.

University who, incidentally, had with a different team. It was my

opponents and piece together our

suspicion that they had chosen,

The only lasting scars I have

team to oppose the glamorous

Newsnight when Jeremy Paxman is

dare I say, a slightly nerdy male

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Lucy Cavendish College Choir Cavendish Annual Dinner, at which she was presented with a College Brooch. The choir also presented

her with gifts, and sent her on her way in traditional style – with a choir party! We will miss you Gillian.

The Choir Committee set about

recruiting a new director and were delighted with the pool of As the only non-audition, all female choir in Cambridge, the Lucy Choir holds a special place in the

as conducting the choir, Gillian Ruddick played the violin.

University. Under the direction of

The major work performed was

continued to grow in confidence

Helen Arnold joining us to sing the

Gillian Ruddick, the choir has and ability.

At the Christmas Recital, in

Michaelmas Term the choir sang a selection of traditional songs, and

was ably accompanied by a string

trio (Gillian Ruddick, Miriam Grant, Elizabeth Juett) with Sarah

Hickmott playing piano. Seasonal

songs and the College Grace were preformed at Christmas Formal Hall, rounding off an enjoyable evening with carols around the piano.

For the Annual Concert in March. We were joined by a chamber orchestra and other

instrumentalists, including Camilla Haggett (oboe) and Graeme

Mitchison (piano). Our rehearsal

accompanist, Miriam Grant, played piano, violin, and viola; Sarah

Hickmott played piano and, as well

Franz Schubert’s Mass in G, with

soprano solo. In previous concerts, all solo parts have been sung by

guests, but this year choir members

Pauline Blake, Jacquie Chan, Alison Vinnicombe, and Judith Whale

performed small solo parts. This

was a proud moment for the choir, and a tribute to our director,

Gillian, who has worked hard to

develop the talent of individuals and of the whole group.

Sadly, we said Goodbye to Gillian at the end of the year; she and her

husband John are off to begin a new chapter of their lives, in Crete!

Gillian worked with consistent

dedication and professionalism, and worked us hard too, but was a great director, popular with all, and

always ensured that we had lots of

fun along the way. In recognition of all Gillian has achieved with the

applicants, all of whom were

capable musicians, each with their own distinctive style. After

interviews and auditions, the choir and committee were unanimous in their choice of Katie Hawks. Katie joined us towards the end of the

year, and is already a great hit with members. She brings musicianship, professionalism, energy and

enthusiasm, and lots of laughs – a

perfect combination. We welcome Katie to the Lucy Choir, and look

forward to working with her during the next year.

On a more practical note (no pun

intended!), the choir has struggled financially for some time. Our

fortunes changed when we received a generous donation from an

anonymous benefactor. Without

this, we would have been unable to purchase sheet music, essential for

the Annual Concert. We would like to express our thanks for the generosity of the donor.

Pauline Blake (1999) Choir Secretary

choir, she was invited to the Lucy

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Further Adventures with Jane and Morag: Pedagogy in the Cyclades

site or somewhere else and why are

two on Dhaskalio, the possible

living on one site and practicing

possible ritual areas on Kavos.

they all fragmentary? Were they

some type of ritual activities on the

other? Were the two sites connected

Jane arrived this season to help

by the Aegean, as they are now. In

small finds (marble vessel

in antiquity or were they separated

order to find some of the answers to these questions, this year we

expanded the investigations to the neighbouring islet of Dhaskalio, thought to be the settlement

associated with the special deposit areas on the main island on Keros. In last season’s excavation we recovered about 350 figurine

fragments, which were purposefully broken in antiquity. This year we Morag planning on the island of Keros with Dhaskalio in the background (MM Kersal)

settlement area associated with the

keep up with the drawing of the fragments, spools, unique pottery)

as they came in from the excavation and to continue her work on the

cloth and mat impressions on the bases of the pots that provide

invaluable information on the

weaving techniques and types of fibres and mats used in Early

Bronze Age homes. The excavations at Dhaskalio yielded important

information about the Early Bronze

added another 100 from the Keros Special Deposits. We found hundreds of marble bowl

fragments, very few of which seem Once again Jane Renfrew and I spent part of the summer participating in the archaeological excavations at the Early Bronze Age (ca. 3200 BC to 2000 BC) sites of Kavos on Keros and the associated islet of Dhaskalio in the lesser Cyclades. As you will recall from last year’s

to fit together. We also unearthed a

research question for this project

made from special materials (such

account of our adventures, the basic includes a greater understanding of the inhabitants of the Early Bronze Age in this region. Why did the

early inhabitants of the Cycladic islands make the famed marble

figurines and how were they used? Where did they get the raw

materials for the figurines? Were they making the figurines on the

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large number of spools/weights

Jane and a mat impression (T. Loughlin).

as spondylus shell and metal), also

Age settlement. Unexpectedly all of

This was no ordinary rubbish

been imported from the nearby

deliberately broken in antiquity. deposit. As with many

archaeological projects the first

season left us with more questions

the answers, so we re-examined our research strategy and decided to concentrate the efforts of season

the building stone appears to have island of Naxos. The finds in the

settlement of Dhaskalio included three complete figurines and

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around the numerous caves in the Kavos region, which may or may

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purposes, but the caving investigations go on.

not be associated with the site. In a

Once again the team was comprised

Doumas, they discuss the

archaeologists and specialists

1998 article by Bassiakos and

possibility of the cave just north of

the special deposit being associated with ritual use by the Early Bronze Age inhabitants. With the aid of geologists Tim Kinnaerd and

Professor John Dixon, we managed to identify the Bassiakos and

of an international group of

however there was new element to

the joint Greek-UK excavation team – students. In the post-excavation analysis of the last excavation

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results of our research to both the academic community and the

general public. By instituting a

public day at the site, we integrated the local residents in the site

investigations by inviting them to visit the site in order to gain a

greater appreciation of what we were doing on two remote and

seemingly inhospitable islands. But

As someone interested in ethics and archaeology and the pedagogical

Doumas “ritual cave” and we

outcomes as a result of our actions, I was tasked with organizing the

look for evidence of human use.

season we noted that there seemed

we could be doing more to advance

natural limestone formation) and

some consideration we realized that

part of our archaeological

excavated a small trench in order to After 60cm we hit bedrock (the we recovered only one pottery

field school. to be something missing and after there was no structured

archaeological knowledge and it is responsibilities. As result it was

decided that we would incorporate a field school element into the excavation program, bringing

undergraduate students from North America (unfortunately the timing of our field season coincides with

the exam period for most students from the UK and Europe). The

Keros Number One Archaeological Field School was born.

As someone interested in ethics and archaeology and the pedagogical

outcomes as a result of our actions, I was tasked with organizing the field school. On paper it seemed

like a simple undertaking, but I was Nicholas from Amorgos excavating in one of the caves (M.M. Kersel)

sherd, one fragmented animal bone

pedagogical emphasis. One of the

was not being used for ritual

archaeologist is to disseminate the

and one sea shell. Perhaps this cave

ethical responsibilities of an

naïve… Organizing a field school for 12 students from the US and

Canada was a huge adventure, one that had a very auspicious

beginning – a ferry strike at Piraeus on May 1! Welcome to Greece, our

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introductory lectures on the Early Bronze Age in the Cyclades, by Professor Colin Renfrew, the

excavation director. We prevailed upon the generosity of all to

participate in the field school as we called on upon both staff and

visitors to speak to the students, no one was immune. The students

were privileged to have lectures

and seminars on a wide range of topics from a number of notable Finally on the Boat at 1:00am, after waiting for the ferry strike to end (M.M. Kersel)

ferry to Koufonisi will be delayed by 9 hours. As you can see

everyone was a very good sport about the long wait.

The field school hit the ground running with the students

immediately being integrated into the daily schedule. Students

experts (Peggy Sotirakopoulou,

Charly French, Yannis Maniatis,

Christos Doumas, Tristan Carter,

Neil Brodie, and Evi Margaritis, one of Jane’s former PhD students,

among them). Jane provided the

students with a fascinating morning on palaeoethnobotany where she challenged our future

archaeologists to raise an awareness of the importance of collecting

alternated between the field and the

The birthday tiara (M.M. Kersel)

paleobotany samples, while I

introduced them to the world of archaeological ethics.

The students quickly integrated themselves into the local

community, playing in the local football matches, attending the

Eurovision song contest evening,

watching local films, Greek dancing at the tavernas and making daily

visits to the local bakery where they often received special treats. Field

school birthdays were celebrated in style with the wearing of the birthday tiara.

apotheke (the laboratory) so that

To say that the field school was

archaeology. Every effort was made

It is statistically unlikely that all 12

they might experience all aspects of

action packed is an understatement.

to find the special niche of each

of the students will remain in

student (one is a very talented artist

archaeology, or that they all

and worked with one of the

enjoyed the long hot days in the sun

professional archaeological

and the wind and the often cold

illustrators; while another expressed

rain (we experienced an

an interest in paleobotany and

uncharacteristic number of cold wet

spent time processing flotation

days in May), but Jane and I hope

samples, expressing such

that the students came away with

excitement over finding a single

some valuable life lessons and a

seed that I know Jane took great

greater understanding of

delight). Each day there was a

lecture or seminar on a particular topic, which ranged from stratigraphy, to ethics, to

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archaeology and Greece. Rebecca Mullins (University of Ottawa) with a find from the water sieve (M.M. Kersel)

For Jane and I the field school

continued the grand tradition of


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adventure in the Cyclades, it was a pleasure to introduce field archaeology to those who

previously had only studied it in the classroom or library, but it was an

even greater pleasure to see our site and its mysteries through the eyes

of someone experiencing the Bronze Age Aegean for the first time. We still have a lot of questions to

answer about the inhabitants of

Keros and Dhaskalio, but we now

have 12 more people thinking about the enigma of the Cycladic Early

Bronze Age. We hope to continue

the field school tradition next year, stay tuned.

Morag M. Kersel (2002)

Jane Renfrew with the Keros Number One Archaeological Field School participants (M.M. Kersel)

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Honorary Fellows Citations from the inductions of Honorary Fellows

Stella Rimington

Marriage to a childhood friend,

She served in all the key

When Dame Stella Rimington was

and in 1965 she accompanied her

counter-terrorism, counter-

appointed Director General of MI5

in 1992, she achieved two firsts: she became the first woman to occupy the post since the service was

founded in 1909 and the first to be

publicly named. She was delighted to get “one of the best jobs” in the world and felt that it was the

culmination of her career. A career throughout which she had met

resistance as both a woman and a mother, but had remained

determined to do things her way.1 Dame Stella was born in South

Norwood, London in 1935. During the war the family moved to the North West but settled in

Nottingham when she was 12 and

where she attended the Nottingham High School for Girls. She read

English at Edinburgh University and then, in 1958, attended

Liverpool University to read for a

postgraduate diploma in the Study of Records and Archives.

In 1959 Dame Stella started work as an Assistant Archivist in the

Worcestershire County Record

Office, which housed the archives of the county and diocese of

Worcester. She transferred in 1962 to the India Office Library in London, where she was an

Assistant Keeper responsible for the manuscripts relating to the British rule in India.

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John Rimington, followed in 1963, husband on a diplomatic posting to New Delhi, believing that she had

now to give up her career and was unlikely to work again. However,

New Delhi was to mark the start of Dame Stella’s secret service career when, as a dutiful, but bored

departments at MI5, including espionage and counter-subversion, becoming a director of all three

branches, before becoming Deputy Director General in 1990 and then the thirteenth Director General in 1992.

diplomatic housewife, she was

During her time as Director General

secretary and asked if she would be

openness for MI5, giving the 1994

approached one day by a first interested in part-time work assisting the local MI5

representative at the High

Commission in New Delhi. She

was engaged as a clerk and typist to help out with the paperwork but found the work “sufficiently

interesting…to want to pursue it”. On her return to the UK she

decided that she would rather be an MI5 Officer than an archivist and

successfully applied for a full time job with MI5.

she pursued a policy of greater

Dimbleby Lecture on BBC TV and several other public lectures and publishing a booklet about the

Service - Intelligence, Security and

the Law in 1994. She used her role

to bring MI5 out of the shadows. “I have always wanted to bring some daylight into the world of

intelligence. I was always fed up with the breathless James Bond

approach which the press and a lot

of other people have to the world of intelligence.”

Her first job was checking

After 27 years working for the

Party. Although the work was

MI5 in 1996 but has continued to be

membership of the Communist boring, she knew she had found the career she had always craved. At the same time, she became aware that many within MI5 at the time

thought that women should be kept in their place. The atmosphere at

MI5 was male, public school and clubby. She has said “the

perception was that women were

not really suitable to go out and do the sharp end work.”

Security Service, she retired from busy. She was a Non-Executive

Director of Marks & Spencer plc

from 1997 to 2004 and of BG Group from 1997 until May 2005. She has also been Chairman of the Institute

of Cancer Research and a Trustee of the Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Trust, and a Trustee of the Royal Air Force Museum.

She is now pursuing a career as a motivational speaker, executive


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mentor, and author, having

ame Stella is no stranger to Lucy

Secret in 2001 and her first novel, At

in the summer and gave a

published her autobiography Open Risk, in 2004. Her second novel, Secret Asset, was published in August this year.

She has received honorary degrees from Nottingham, Exeter, London Metropolitan and Liverpool

Universities, and was elected

Alumna of the Year by Edinburgh

University in 1994. In 1996 she was

appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath.

In a recent interview Dame Stella was asked to recall some of the headlines that greeted the

announcement of her appointment as Director General in 1992, and in

particular those that she would like to erase. “One I didn’t like was

‘Housewife Superspy’. ‘Mother of Two Gets Tough with Terrorists’ was another. I think ‘Housewife

Superspy’ is the one I would wipe away. It was the whole instinct of the tabloid press, when they

suddenly found a woman in a

man’s job, to get her back where

they thought she belonged: in the kitchen. It seemed to typify a

tabloid approach to a woman succeeding at work.”2

Such attitudes would incense most of us, but especially to a woman who throughout her career has

fought to beat and change an entire culture, formerly dominated by the ‘tweedy guys with

pipes’.3

Cavendish College. She visited us fascinating lecture to a crowded

audience on “Leading in Secret”. 1 http://news.bbc.co.uk/ 1/hi/uk/1683350.stm 2 http://www.robmcgibbon.com/ index.php5?t=article&l=press-conferencewithdame-stella-rimington-web-edit 3 http://www.guardian.co.uk/ freedom/Story/0,,549035,00.html

Anne Owers Anne Owers’s appointment as HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on 1 August 2001 prompted much

comment, and not solely because

she was the first woman to hold the post. The adage about keeping

your allies close, and your enemies

closer sounds too Machiavellian for modern politics, but the

government’s selection of Anne Owers to succeed Sir David

Ramsbotham surprised many.

Not least Anne Owers herself, who thought her application would not make it past the home office

ministers she had so persistently

needled since Labour came to office. As director of the human rights

charity Justice - a pillar of the liberal establishment - she could not have been more different to her

predecessors Sir Stephen Tumim, a former judge, and Lord

Ramsbotham, an Army man. She attended Washington Grammar School in County Durham and read history at Girton. From 1968-1971 she taught in Zambia and

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undertook research for a PhD in African History.

While taking time out to bring up her three children, she continued with her research and also

undertook voluntary advice and race relations work. In 1981 she joined the Joint Council for the

Welfare of Immigrants as Research & Development Officer, becoming General Secretary four years later. During this time she was also a member of the Race and

Community Relations Committee of the Church of England and the

Board of the Centre for Research

into Ethnic Relations at Warwick University.

In 1992 she became Director of

Justice, the all-party human rights

and law reform organisation, often

dubbed the ‘conscience’ of the legal profession. She held the Director

post for nine years and during that time she was a member of various

Government committees including the Home Office Task Force on the implementation of the Human Rights Act and the Lord

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct. She carried out work on human

rights, asylum and the provision of legal services, becoming a member

of both the Public Interest Advisory Panel of the Legal Services

Commission and the Bowman Review of the Administrative Courts.

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It is said that her greatest triumph

of what ought to be provided in any

She has written numerous articles

help secure the setting up of the

understands that although

immigration law, and she has

during her time at Justice was to

Criminal Cases Review Commission which was created to investigate more effectively possible miscarriages of justice.

As Chief Inspector of Prisons, she oversees the inspection of the 139

custodial environment. It

prisoners have forfeited many of

their rights of freedom, it is crucial that their basic human rights be

respected and that an important measure of a society is how it treats its prisoners.

Prison Service establishments in

During her tenure she has

the treatment of prisoners and the

conditions in Young Offender

England and Wales and reports on conditions in which they are held. All prisons, remand centres, and young offender institutions -

whether they are managed by the public service or contracted out are subject to inspection at le

ast once every five years, and she

herself inspects a prison about once a fortnight.

Speaking at a lecture (entitled ‘Prison Inspection and the

Protection of Human Rights’) at the University of Leicester in 2004, she

stressed that there were four criteria by which prisons were, and should be, judged: whether prisoners feel safe, whether they were treated

with respect and dignity, whether there was purposeful activity for

them in prison; and whether they

were prepared for release into the community at the end of their

sentence. 1 These criteria are based

on the concept of a ‘healthy prison’ as that first set out by the World

Health Organisation, and which is

now widely accepted as a definition

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campaigned to improve the

Institutions and prison including

improved suicide prevention work, better education and increased

purposeful activity. And, she has

on criminal justice and refugee and contributed to and co-edited

publications on human rights and race discrimination. She was

awarded the CBE in 2000 for her work on human rights, and was made an Honorary Fellow of

London South Bank University in 2005.

1 http://www.lse.ac.uk/Depts/ humanrights/Lectures/ 9_December_2004.htm 2 http://www.le.ac.uk/la/ research/annual.html 3 http://62.189.48.38/Articles/ 2006/06/28/54717/Anne+Owers+ appointment+extended.html

maintained the tradition of her

predecessors, speaking her mind

Anna Ford

with increasing frankness, not least in regard to the Government’s

Anna Ford is well-known and

recent (and ultimately unsuccessful)

respected for her contribution to news and current affairs, and in

attempt in the Police and Justice Bill to subsume the role of Chief

Inspector of Prisons into a single

inspectorate for justice, community safety and custody. This would have replaced the five existing

justice inspectorates of the police,

particular for her news reading,

having worked as a journalist for 32 years, but a study of her life and career to date reveals many and varied interests and the

achievement of a number of ‘firsts’.

the Crown Prosecution Service,

Anna read Economics at

the National Probation Service.

in Social Anthropology before going

court administration, prisons and Speaking In June last year, when the Home Office announced the

extension of her appointment until March 2008, she expressed her concerns over the proposed

legislation, fearing “that the sharp focus and direct voice of prisons inspection [would] be lost or

muffled within a broader and differently focused body.”2

Manchester University, specialising on to complete a postgraduate

diploma in Adult Education. She

has the distinction of being elected

in 1966 as the first woman president of Manchester’s Student Union,

which is neatly mirrored by her election in 2001 as the first ever

female Chancellor of the University of Manchester.

She was awarded

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1998 from Manchester and also

programme and Woman’s Hour on

Anna was a trustee of the Royal

the Open University and an

Jimmy Young on BBC Radio 2. She

years, and is a Fellow of the Royal

holds an Honorary Fellowship from Honorary Doctorate from Queen’s

University Belfast for her services to journalism.

Before embarking on her television career, Anna taught Politics and Sociology at the Rupert Stanley

College of Further Education in

Radio 4, as well as standing in for

has made radio documentaries on

Women in the 20th Century, as well as Complementary Medicine. From its relaunch in May 1999 until she

stepped down in April 2006, Anna

was the presenter of the BBC’s One O’ Clock News.

Botanical Gardens in Kew for ten

Geographical Society, an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple, and a non-executive director of

Sainsburys. She is also Chairman of Index on Censorship, an

organisation that campaigns for those whose voices have been silenced and for freedom of

Belfast whilst teaching as a part-

Not confining herself to news-

She subsequently joined the OU in

included Have I Got News For You

Today, she regularly chairs

Television’s Stars Sing The Beatles

award ceremonies, as well as giving

time tutor for the Open University. 1972 as Staff Tutor for Social Science for Northern Ireland, and it is said

that during this period she taught a class of interned Provisional

members of the IRA in Long Kesh. Anna’s main break into television came in 1974 when she joined

reading, guest appearances have and a singing role in BBC

with her version of ‘Here, There and Everywhere’, reviving

memories, it is said, of her student days when she toured Manchester clubs with her elderly Spanish

expression and against censorship. seminars and hosts conferences and after dinner speeches, but still finds time to maintain her interest in art,

taking regular drawing classes with Mary Fedden.

guitar, earning £5 a night.

Anna Ford needs no introduction to

working on numerous local and

In 1985 Anna published Men - A

talented women whose career has

recruited by the BBC in 1976 to

with Englishmen about their lives,

Granada Television as a researcher, educational programmes. She was work as a reporter on the Man

Alive team and then moved on to

Tomorrow’s World in 1977 before joining the ITN team in 1978 as

Documentary, a book of interviews and continues to write articles for many different publications on matters of current interest.

their first prime-time female

She has never been afraid to voice

1981 when she was one of the

“Although I’ve been in trouble for

newscaster where she stayed until famous five who launched the breakfast programme TV-AM.

Anna returned to the BBC in 1986 to present the Network, a live studio based current affairs programme. She joined the Six O’ Clock News

on BBC1 in 1989 and was also to be heard presenting the Today

any of us. She is one of those

demonstrated that it is possible to

combine an academic background with success in another sphere. 4 Interview with SAGA Magazine, 2006

her views, and is quoted as saying being outspoken occasionally, I

haven’t always recognised myself in such headlines as “Angry Anna slams BBC bosses.” But then, as

Rebecca West said ‘People call me a feminist if I say anything to

differentiate myself from a doormat or a prostitute.’”4.

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The College 2006-07 President Sutherland, Dame Veronica Evelyn BA MA (HON)LLD DBE CMG

Honorary Fellows Black, Professor Dame Carol Mary MD FRCP FMedSci CBE DBE Burbidge, Professor Eleanor Margaret (Margaret) FRS Cohen of Pimlico, Baroness Janet MA Dench, Dame Judith Olivia (Judi) Hon DLitt Hon DUniv OBE DBE CH Ford, Ms Anna Glassman, Dr Cynthia Aaron (Cyndi) Grantchester, Lady (Betty) MA Hanratty, Miss Judith LLB LLM OBE Harris, Dame Pauline DBE Hetzel, Mrs Phyllis MA HM Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Hon LLD Oldham, Dr Barbara MA MB CHB MRCS LRCP OBE Owers, Ms Anne CBE Perry of Southwark, Baroness Pauline MA Hon LLD Hon DLitt Hon DUniv Richard, Professor Alison MA PhD Rimington, Dame Stella Tizard, Dame Catherine A (Cath) BA GCMG GCVO DBE QSO Todd, Professor Janet (Jan) MA PhD Tomalin, Mrs Claire MA FRSL Trumpington of Sandwich, The Rt Hon the Baroness Jean Alys PC DCVO Warburton, Dame Anne MA Hon LLD DCVO CMG

Emeritus Fellows Collier, Dr Jane BSc MA PhD Hartree, Dr Anne Stockell BA MA PhD Lyons, Mrs Ursula MA Mackintosh, Mrs Ellen MA Morgan, Dr Clare Barnes BSc MA PhD Simms, Mrs Joan Anne MA Squire, Mrs Natasha MA Dipolome Superieur de Russe Thoday, Dr Doris Joan BSc MA PhD Traub, Dr Lindsey Margaret MA PhD Treip, Dr Mindele Anne BA MA PhD Tucker, Dr Elizabeth Mary (Betty) BSc MA PhD DSc

Governing Body Fellows Abulafia, Dr Anna Brechta Sapir MA PhD FRHistS Bahn, Dr Sabine MD PhD MRCPsych Brearley, Dr Jacqueline Chryscillian (Jackie) MA Vet MB PhD Dip ECVA MRCA MRCVS Brindley, Ms Sue MA MA MA Cameron, Dr Ruth MA PhD MInstP CPhyS Curry, Dr Allison MA PhD Dashwood, Mrs Julie Rosalind BA MA Davies, Ms Meryl Grace BA MPhil Ellington, Dr Stephanie Katharine Lindsay BSc MA PhD Esch, Dr Edith Marie MA PhD

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Greatorex, Dr Jane Suzette BTec FMLS PhD Gull, Mrs Sarah Elizabeth MBBS FRCS(ED) FRCOG Houghton, Mrs Margaret Christine (Christine) BA MA Jackson, Dr Susan (Sue) MA PhD CEng Jones, Dr Ruth MA MB CHB FRCA Koenig, Dr Jennifer (Jenny) BSc PhD MacKenzie, Dr Catherine Patricia MA MEd PhD Madianou, Dr Mirca BA MSc PhD Maxwell, Dr Julie BA MPhil PhD McLarty, Ms Jane Deane BA MA MPhil McNeur, Ms Lorna Anne BArch MA MPhil Penston, Dr Margaret Joan BSc MA DPhil FRAS MBE Rath Spivack, Dr Orsola MA PhD Rawlings, Miss Susan Elizabeth MA Renfrew, Dr Jane Margaret MA PhD FSA FSA (Scot) FLS Scolnicov, Dr Anat LLB LLM PhD Tiley, Mrs Jillinda Millicent MA Vinnicombe, Ms Alison Annette BA MA Dip RSA Williamson, Dr Lorna McLeod BSc MD FRCP FRCPath Wright, Dr Laura MA MA DPhil

Bursar Carter, Dr David CVO

Research Fellows Banaji, Dr Ferzina Vistasp BA MPhil PhD Dally, Dr Joanna Mary BSc PhD Depledge, Dr Joanna Jane BA MSc PhD Forman, Dr Julia Rebecca AB MPhil PhD Gardner, Dr Nicola BA PhD MBA Nicholson, Dr Rebecca Louise MChem DPhil Viswanath, Dr Rupa MA MPhil PhD Fellow-Commoners Corbalis, Ms Judy BA MA Hewitt, Ms Joanna Hoti, Dr Amineh James, Professor Mary Elizabeth BEd MA PhD Muthesius, Professor Anna Maria BA PhD FSA Pearse, Dr Barbara PhD FRS Purkiss, Mrs Brenda A MA Raj, Dr Dhooleka Sarhadi PhD

Visiting Fellows Ganeri, Professor Margherita Lee, Ms Natalie LLB Lynch, Professor Kathleen BSocSc, MSocSc, PhD, Dip Com Dev Mollerhoj, Dr Jette Sica, Professor Anna

Visiting Scholars Chen, Dr Jessica Hsin-Hwa Danno, Dr Emiko BA MA PhD Sharpe, Ms Mary LLB MA Dip


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Members by Election Dain, Dr Anne Rutherford BSc MPhil PhD Harris, Mrs Mary Hill AB MA Certificat d’Archologie Whear, Dr Rachael BSc PhD

Honorary Members of the Combination Room Anderson, Dr Helen PhD Arnot, Professor Madeleine MA PhD Barr, Miss Freda Elizabeth Hadley (Betty) LLB Bartholomew, Dr Susan L BA MA MBA Belcher, Dr Hilary J PhD DSc Blacker, Dr Carmen PhD Brinton, Ms Sarah Virginia (Sal) MA Bristow, Mr Christopher (Chris) MA Brooke, Dr Rosalind Beckford BA MA PhD LittD Brown, Professor Sarah Annes BA MA PhD Bryant, Mr David Peter Herbert Cheney, Mrs Mary Gwendolen MA MLitt Clarke, Dr Ann BSc PhD Crawford, Dr Harriet E W MA PhD FSA Hawthorn, Ms Ruth MA Herbert, Dr Gertraud MA DPhil Joysey, Dr Valerie Christine BSc PhD Martin, Dr Jessica Heloise MA PhD Newns, Lady Beryl Wattles Ngubane, Professor Harriet BA PhD Perry, Mr George MA Med Rampling, Dr Anita Margaret BSc PhD MB ChB Rodriguez, Professor Raquel Emilia Sheppard, Dr Jennifer Mary (Jenny) BA MA PhD Slater, Dr Lucy Joan MA PhD Dlitt ScD Spens, Dr M Teresa (Teresa) PhD Stein, Dr Janet Mary BSc MSc PhD Sutherland, Mr Alex Swale, Dr Erica Mary Forster MSc PhD DSc Tee, Mrs Mary Louise Holden (Louise) MA Vassilika, Dr Eleni BA MA PhD Weatherley, Mrs Helen Wheeler, Dr Joyce Margaret BSc PhD FRAS Worden, Mrs Dorothy Mary (Mary) BA Young, Professor Maureen MSc PhD

Members of the Combination Room Bayraktaroglu, Dr Arin PhD Bocking, Miss Marjorie BSc Bradbrook, Dr Bohuslava R DPhil PhD Bradshaw, Ms Sally Burney, Ms Elizabeth MA BLitt Butterworth, Mrs Jill BA MA Carlton Smith, Dr Nancy BSc PhD Chapman, Dr Elizabeth Claire (Liz) PhD Cleary, Ms Ritva-Liisa (Liisa) MA HUK Dip LIB ALA Cobby, Dr Anne MA PhD Corsellis, Mrs Ann BA OBE JP Hon FIL Cotton, Ms Geraldine

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Davies, Mrs Karen BA MA Dawson, Miss Julie De Smith, Mrs Barbara LLB MA Dee, Dr Lesley MEd PhD Dillon, Dr Anne Kathleen PhD Eggins, Professor Heather BA PGCE MPhil Fritzinger, Dr Linda B BA MA PhD Ghosh, Dr Barnali BTech MTech PhD Graham, Mrs Jenny MA Grieco, Professor Margaret Sybil DPhil MCIT Hampton, Mrs Janie BA MSc Haresnape, Dr Elizabeth PhD Hendriks, Dr Henriette PhD Hennegan, Miss Alison MA Hill, Dr Penelope Margaret Mary (Penny) BPharm MRPharms PhD Hodder, Mrs Elizabeth BSc Holbrook, Mrs Margot MA Hunt, Mrs Pauline Ife, Dr Anne PhD Innes, Mrs Sheila BA PGCE Kan, Dr Qian BA MA PhD Kleine Staarman, Dr Judith MSc PhD Lee, Ms Karen BA MA Leggatt, Ms Melanie (Mel) HND BA MSc Lichtenstein, Ms Jane Limb, Dr Ann Geraldine BA MA PGCE Hon FCGI Hon PhD Lucas, Mrs Angela M MA Mannion, Ms Paddy BVMS MRCVS Morris, Ms Alexandra (Alex) BA MA Panayotova, Dr Stella PhD Parodi, Dr Teresa PhD Rogers, Dr Gillian Elizabeth BA MA PhD Rushden, Mrs Cynthia Elizabeth (Elizabeth) BA Schiffmann, Dr Victoria Relisse (Vicky) BA MA PhD Sellers, Professor Susan PhD Tipper, Professor Karen Sasha (Sasha) AB MA PhD Tooke, Dr Nichola MSc PhD Vickers, Dr Ilse Renate BA PhD Wallach, Dr Robin PhD Walsham, Mrs Alison MA Wilson, Dr Anji BSc MSc PhD Wilson, Dr Jean MA PhD FSA Windram, Dr Heather Frances BSc PhD Wood, Ms Jennifer Susan Shirley (Jenny) BSc MSc Dip PhD Worsnop, Dr Victoria Mary (Vicki) BA MA PhD

Post-Doctoral Members of the Combination Room Li, Dr Qinling Maher, Dr Lisa A BSc PhD Videler, Dr Hortense (Tennie) PhD

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The Students First Years Atack, Carol Atkins, Bink Bidston, Lorna Blumstein, Anna Bull, Anna Bullock, Sally Chow, Hang Cordell, Suzanne Cowan, Laura Dyer, Adrine Fonceca, Myra Goldsmith, Hannah Hackett, Kate Hickmott, Sarah Hodges, Nichola Hodgett, Tina Kohler, Katharina Kranenburg, Hannah Lee, Marchette Lorek, Andrea Loweth, Kirsty Michalski, Annette Menzies, Gillian Okwu, Ifeoma Orzechowska-Redmond, Malgorzata Poole, Christina Raby, Sophie Santolaria, Zoe Shaheen, Mussarat Silva, Filipa Sparsis-Bermejo, Jessica Thijs, Christine Watson, Eleanor Whitehead, Nicola Woods, Caroline Woods, Kate

Second Years Adeyeye, Nina Alexander, Karen Anderson, Jane Baillie, Donna Budanova, Natasha Buhr, Susan Burney, Jacqueline Button, Brigid Carvello, Lesley Chan, Jacqueline Chowdhury, Marie Cousins, Lesley Cox, Holly Davies, Gemma Drummond, Sally Duncan, Gem Faramarzi, Maryam Gooch, Valerie Gurney, Eleanor

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Hamilton, Jill Hom-Choudhury, Anindita Hope, Catherine Jackson, Sara Jenkins, Sarah Juhasz, Judith Knibbs, Shirley Lloyd, Rosalind Matsui, Seiko Okafor, Onyinye Richardson, Gemma Rzechorzek, Nina Santos, Simonette Skelton, Jane Tabl, Hala Taylor, Jennifer Thatcher, Lannah Thomson, Alison Yeoman, Emma

Third Years Brokenshire, Lorna Brown, Rachel Burke, Ailbhe Fossey, Michelle Franks-Jones, Jane Hwang, Soo Jeong Jabeen, Sidra Jacks, Jane Jenkinson, Rebecca Johnston, Josephine Khan, Aminah Lai, Tracy Lea, Claire Lin, Zhiyan Mace, Anna Mahadevan, Meera Marriott, Rebecca Marshall-Quinn, Hannah McRitchie Pratt, Suzie Parsons, Cheyne Poole, Katherine Pope, Rhiannon Rayner, Kate Simpson, Julie Sopp, Hazel Spencer, Debra Tandy, Sarah Tchum, Utibe Tickell, Carolyne Tomlinson, Lisa Van Den Berg, Hanne Vincenzi, Giulia

Fourth Years and above, Alter, Amy Bulman, Philippa Cope, Charlotte Fisher, Karen Goldsmith, Petra Harris, Lynne Kemkaran-Thompson, Libby Khan, Nadia Meredith, Georgina Paddy, Heidi Rose, Sarah White, Zara Cross, Deborah Hodgson, Sally Onions, Sharron Ward, Janelle Hutchinson, Sarah-Elizabeth Rendle, Sophie


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Graduate Students Ahmed, Sangita Allison, Catherine Louise Atherton, Helen Jennifer Atkin, Joanna Badger, Shirlene Barragry, Amanda Rosemarie Becker, Anna Benton, Ailsa Katharine Bolognesi-Winfield, Agnese Bystriakova, Nadezda Carter, Susan Catania Kulper, Amy Marie Chalcraft, Faye Marie Chen, Ying (Cindy) Colson, Anne-Laure Corsgreen, Patricia Ann Costa, Marta Cuckston, Judith Helen Dautova, Yana Deprez, Alice Deshpande, Anupama M Diamantopoulou, Alexandra Dill, Janina Djurkovic, Milja Dubar, Elodie-Helene El Ashegh, Hanan Erlund, Mary Clare Faltin, Lucia Gajraj, Priya Sarojini Garcia, Margarita Gilleece, Patricia Marie Gregory-Jones, Shelley Gu, Chunjing Gurian, Elizabeth Anne Gurung, Alka Halls, Karen Suzanne Hamimeche, Samira Hanke, Veronica He, Ximin Heard, Shelagh Caroline Heflin, Tori Diana Holder, Gabrielle Tamara Howes, Marie Ingudomnukul, Erin Tracy Jafri, Tabassum Fatima Jonsdottir, Ingibjorg Kalyvianaki, Evangelia Karl, Alexandra Kersel, Morag MacDonald Kim, Chae-Young Kittipanya-Ngam, Pichawadee Kluk, Karolina Laffir, Fathima Riyaza Lee, Rooda Le-Guilcher, Lucy Ann Leong, Su Jan Leow, Zei Yan Li, Sheng Liao, Yu-chun

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Lim, Yian Nee Lin, Yvonne Sim Hing Liu, Chiung-Lien Lopes Da Silva, Maria Da Conceicao Manzano Escalon, Montserrat Martinez Marzo, Natalia Masada, Nanako Mazzetta, Chiara Medani, Mushtaha Bashier Mole, Kristine Garcia De Presno Morecroft, Angela Obradovic, Jelena O’Donovan, Bridget Ostik, Huigenia Page, Philippa Jane Phochanukul, Nichanun Rana, Uzma Bhatti Ren, Shijie Richards, Morgan Ristic, Maja Roupakia, Zoi Russell, Sheila Gillian Shi, Yue Singh, Alaka Siqueira, Ana Cristina Oliveira de Spear, Rose Stoeckl, Andrea Denise Sykes, Rosemary Harriet Thurston, Katie Sian Von Eye, Maxine Jutta Erika Wade, Ann Caroline Wang, Yu-Chiao Warakaulle, Charlotte Lindberg Waugh, Carole Victoria Wentzel, Elbereth Whelan, Jennifer Mary Wilson, Margaret Sybil Wimhurst, Sarah Thomasin Wolfe, Sylvia Carol Xu, Lin Yang, Yang Yang, Yang Yildirim, Umut Yogendra, Shefaly Yoneki, Eiko Yong, Yee Sook Zhao, Shuyang Zou, Meimei

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In Memoriam Eileen Clifford 1912-2007 Eileen Clifford died on 19 May 2007 in her 96th year. With her death

non-residential student, Elizabeth

Huntingdon Grammar School

the College for supervising a

School). Thus teaching and history

Dupre - earning the first fee paid by member of the College, she later recollected with pride. On her

retirement from the Governing

Body in 1982 she was elected an

Emeritus Fellow but continued to

play a role on committees such as

the Garden sub-Committee and to enjoy many of the College’s social

occasions. The College became her home and her family and to it she devoted her loyalty and affection. She delighted in its development from such small beginnings and

was proud to have been part of its Lucy Cavendish loses not only one

history.

of its surviving Founding Fellows,

Eileen was born Margaret Eileen

beginnings of the College, but also a

Yorkshire (on her father’s side) and

and thus an important link with the loyal and enthusiastic supporter of the College. For fifty years, since her marriage to George in 1957,

when she gave up her twenty four year career as a schoolteacher, she

became deeply involved with Lucy Cavendish, joining the Dining

Group (formed in 1950) in 1957: at its November meeting in 1959 she

was elected its Steward - a post she held for the next sixteen years. In 1965 she became one of the 22

Founding Fellows and when Kate Bertram was elected President in

1970 she became Vice President. In the absence of Kate Bertram in the Lent Term of 1976 on a research visit to Guyana she served as

Acting President. She became

supervisor in history of the first

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Lloyd Smith, having roots in both

Wales (her mother’s). She was born on February 22nd 1912 in the

schoolhouse at Berriew in what was then Montgomeryshire, a small

village where her father Frederick

Charles Smith taught at the school where her maternal grandmother

had been headmistress. In 1915 her

brother Alistair (who died in action

in the Second World War) was born and the family moved to

moved and became Hinchingbroke were a part of her early years - “I have always been surrounded by history” she once commented. Eileen attended Huntingdon

Grammar School where, according

to her nephew Jeremy Taylor, “she was a star pupil… and top in

everything”. Already there she displayed an equal interest in

English as in history, subjects both of which she later studied at

Cambridge. At the age of eleven she won a County Scholarship and sat the Certificate of Education at the

age of 15. However, she stayed on for a further three years, twice doing Highers (in English and

History) because, as she said, the topics changed and she was

interested in them. In the sixth form she twice won the Lowman Memorial Prize for the best

performance in the English Higher exam - the prize money, not

surprisingly, she spent on books, which also included Gilbert and

Sullivan libretti! She went on to win a Stale Scholarship and sat the entrance exam for Girton.

Huntingdon where her father

She had decided she wanted to go

Grammar School - a school where,

head teacher wanted her to go to

taught geography at Huntingdon

she would say, indirectly it could be claimed that Cromwell and Pepys were old boys - something which amused Eileen to recall. (The

original Grammar School is now the Cromwell Museum and in 1970

to Cambridge because, although her Manchester where she herself had

gone, Eileen had fallen in love with Girton and “hoped to get in“, even though no one had gone there before her from Huntingdon.

Indeed, she was the first in her


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family to go to university. Eileen

Queen Mary. But the war

and Eileen, the teacher, the

and went up in 1930. She admitted

giving up teaching and going into

George continued his work as a

passed the entrance exams to Girton she had never been able to decide

between English and History, being ambivalent about and interested in both subjects. Thus, she started by

reading English, completing part I of the Tripos with a 2.1, and then

going on to do History part II in her third year in which she gained

another 2.I. In History the papers

included, she recalled, international law, the reign of Queen Anne and European history. G.M.Trevelyan

was teaching at that time. Whilst at Girton she also found time for

sport: she had already been a keen hockey player at school, “remembered by her

contemporaries for her strength and skill on the hockey field”, and at

Girton she was chosen for the first Girton hockey team. She also

played some cricket, a sport which in later life she much enjoyed watching. Eileen said that on

graduating in 1933 she had not particularly wanted to go into

teaching but knew she had to earn her living. Her career as a teacher started with Darlington High

School where she taught junior

history and English for four years.

This was followed by teaching posts in Wallasey High School on the Wirral (1937-41) and Kettering

(1941-7): while at Wallasey she had arranged to get an exchange job

with an American teacher in Mount Holly in New Jersey and got as far as having her luggage on to the

intervened and she contemplated the Forces. However, this was

thought too much for her parents to have both their children serving their country - her brother was

already with the Air Force - and with the death of her brother

during the German invasion of Holland in 1941 she took up

academic, artist and historian.”

freelance fishing correspondent

who would go up to London twice a week to deliver his articles.

Together they enjoyed many days

fishing on the Ouse from the fishing punt George had made. It was a happy marriage.

teaching at Kettering in order to be

Her long association with the

living in Girton; besides Kettering

started to supervise for Girton and

nearer home, her parents now

was a safer part of the country than Liverpool and Wallasey (in August

1940 a bomb actually destroyed the school hall). Her final post was in

1947, at Bedford High, the job she really wanted, as Senior History

Mistress and where she taught for the next 12 years. As well as

history, she also taught sixth form general topics, which was seen as an innovation at the time; her superiors at the school were,

according to her nephew, full of praise for her as a wonderful

teacher. With her marriage in 1957 to George Clifford, she gave up

school teaching and moved back to Cambridge, she because she had always loved the University and

George because he could clo some coarse fishing in the nearby Ouse.

Thus they now moved to the house in Thornton Road which she had

inherited from her parents on the

death of her mother in 1955. Eileen and George were an unusual

couple, according to her nephew:

“George, the fisherman, journalist…

College now commences, as she

became a member of the History Faculty. She became acquainted with her fellow historian Kay

Wood-Legh through whom she was invited to join the Dining Group,

attending her visit meeting (at the

West House Hotel) in January 1957. At the November meeting in 1959 she was elected Steward - a post

which made her a key figure in the developing College and which

brought out all her practical skills. With the move in 1966 into the

College’s first base in Northampton Street, Eileen was a hands-on

steward/domestic bursar, capable

of not only providing food in those

cramped quarters but also of seeing to the simple furnishing of the

rooms and occasionally wielding a paint brush herself According to

Kale Bertram in her History, much

restoration work was required and refurbishment in which Eileen

played a major part in helping to

acquire, by buying and borrowing, the requisite furniture and fittings. In those do-it yourself days, such

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practical skills were invaluable and

from devoting more time to her

the College look on the lease of

Chinese painting, in which she

continued to be drawn upon when College House in 1969 and more

painting and decorating was done

by herself and other volunteers. She claimed to have even done some plastering – of the ceiling at

Strathaird! Later still, when an Emeritus Fellow and a keen

gardener, she happily assisted the garden committee with planting new or donated plants. In her

speech when proposing the toast of

the College at the Annual Dinner in 1975, at which she was presented with a gold watch to mark her retirement as Steward, Eileen recalled the many things the

College had given her as Steward, singling out “the friendliness, the fun, the cooperation, the shared

achievements and the challenges”.

She also humorously recalled some of the more difficult practical

problems she had had to face, such

as the day the gas company decided to dig a trench through the front

drive to coincide with the day the

College moved from Northampton Street to Lady Margaret Road, and the flooding of the cellar at a

weekend, which resulted her in

donning Wellingtons to rescue the college wine which was stored there.

On retirement from the Governing

Body in 1982, Eileen was elected an Emeritus Fellow and continued to

keep in close touch with the College as it grew and developed. Apart

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hobbies, which included learning developed considerable skill, she could now continue with her

researches into church epitaphs. The work this resulted in after 15years of patiently and

methodically visiting all the

churches in the county was her Cambridgeshire Epitaphs, published in 1993 by the

Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust . This had arisen out of an interest in the 18th century

antiquary William Cole whose

Parochial Antiquities had been edited and published by W.M.

Palmer in 1935: Cole catalogued all

the churches in Cambridgeshire and Eileen wished to check his

descriptions. With her husband

George off in London for two days each week, looking around for an interest to pursue, she decided to use these “green clays” to go

around the county to visit churches and study their memorials and the

work was not completed until after

his death. This was a task, or maybe even a labour of love, which

satisfied both her historical and her literary interests and in which her divided loyalties of English and

History came together. The result is a welcome contribution to the

history of the county. To Eileen,

according to her introduction For

My Gentle Readers , the fascination of epitaphs lay in the fact that in them it was possible to catch a

glimpse of the past through the

eyes of ordinary people, and the epitaphs are grouped under

headings such as Human Affection, Eulogies, Untimely Deaths, and lastly, Epitaphs Today. A year

previously, in 1992, Eileen wrote a History of the (College) Site and

Buildings, which is included in the History of the College Garden .’”

Here her starting point was the 19th century maps of Cambridge which

show how the Madingley Road area

started to develop from meadows to cottages and market gardens which

preceded the first residential houses which were to be incorporated into

our College site. Her account covers not only the three original houses

and their first inhabitants but also

includes the much earlier buildings in Northampton Street which the College briefly occupied. Her

History is an important addition to the increasing number of works

devoted to the history of our young College. In 1999, she look the

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being typically clear minded and

Sheila Joan Innes 1947-2006

of advancing age and the possible

Sheila Innes came to the College as

been her family home for 60 years

Easter Term 1993. She was Head of

practical when facing the problems loss of her sight. It had of course and she had made friends of her

many neighbours in Thornton Road who continued to visit her after her move. She was sad to have to part with her many books on history,

literature and art but pleased that the College Library could offer

them a home. Eileen was always

good company, thanks in part to

her many interests which extended over a wide and eclectic field -

painting and art, theatre (whether Shakespeare or Gilbert Sullivan,

performances of both of which she was able to enjoy locally in Girton

village and college), gardening and

a Simms Schoolmistress Fellow in Drama and Second in the English

approach to life, her pragmatism,

her sense of humour and readiness to be amused made her such an

interesting and rounded person.

Books, of course, she enjoyed, as

she did so many things, so that it

was never dull in her company: she was much loved as an aunt, godmother, neighbour and colleague.

Ursula Lyons Emeritus Fellow

Cambridge College of Arts and

Technology (now Anglia Ruskin University), and finally a

PGCE in 1979 from Cambridge

Her PGCE teaching practice took

time at the College to modify a

School and she was appointed to

was Shakespeare and she used her Shakespeare Project for Year Nine pupils which had fallen victim to the constraints imposed by the National Curriculum, and to

reassess her A Level Shakespeare

teaching. She returned to Newport Free Grammar School and remained there until her

retirement in August last

year.1

Alderman Newton Girls’ Grammar

together with her ever positive

Thought and Literature from the

taught since 1980. Her main love

Grammar School where she had

both the National Trust and English she had visited and loved. All this

degree in English and European

(Hughes Hall).

Sheila was born in Leicester on 17

Heritage many of whose properties

1973 and in 1978 was awarded a

Department at Newport Free

the countryside, wildlife and pets (especially cats): she belonged to

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March 1947 and educated at

School. She left school after her O

levels and became a receptionist. In

1969 she moved to Uganda with her husband, Michael. For a time she

worked as an assistant evaluator for a UNICEF in-service teachertraining project at Makerere

University in Kampala before

her to Newport Free Grammar

the school in September 1979. She is remembered as a gifted and

inspiring teacher. In an obituary published in the Newport Free Grammar School Newsletter, a former headmaster, Richard

Priestley, wrote “During her 27

years at the school, Sheila taught English, Drama, Theatre Studies

and latterly Philosophy. She was

instrumental in Drama becoming a mainstream subject in the school today. She was passionate about

Theatre Studies and later English

Language becoming part of the A

level curriculum, and started both

these subjects in her own time with enthusiastic students before they

too became part of the mainstream A level provision”. 2

returning to the UK in 1971

Sheila edited a number of study

Ugandan president, Milton Obote,

including All’s Well That Ends Well

following the overthrow of the by Idi Amin.

At home in Sawston, looking after

two young children, Sheila decided to continue her education. She

completed an English A level in

guides to Shakespeare and Chaucer (1993) and The Winter’s Tale (1999) from the Cambridge School

Shakespeare series co-edited with Elizabeth Huddlestone, The

Merchant’s Prologue and Tale

(2001) from the Cambridge School

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Chaucer series, and The Winter’s

returned to Cambridge and entered

doing research in the University but

Measure (2004) from the Cambridge

research student. She was awarded

were somewhat isolated from

Tale (2002) and Measure for

Student Guide. She also wrote several articles on teaching

Shakespeare in Shakespeare and Schools magazine.

Sheila’s association with the College continued through her membership of the Combination Room and she occasionally dined here.

She died on 10 November 2006 from a brain tumour.

Karen Davies Archivist

1 Personal file 2 Newport Free Grammar School Newsletter

Joan Eugenia Whiteley née Keilin 1920-2007 Joan Keilin was born in Cambridge on 24 November 1920, the only

child of Anna Hershlik and David Keilin (1887-1963), an eminent

biologist and parasitologist who was instrumental in bringing

molecular biology to Cambridge.3 Joan read Natural Sciences at Girton (1939-1942) and appeared to be

following in her mother’s footsteps in her pursuit of a medical career, qualifying in 1945 and then

spending a year as house physician & casualty officer at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in

London. However, in 1946 she

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the School of Biochemistry as a her Ph.D. in 1950 for her thesis ‘Reactions of porphyrins and metalloporphyrins with

nitrogenous substances and their bearing on the structure of

hæmoglobin’. In the same year she

became the Beit Memorial Research

did not hold fellowships and so academic life. Joan became a

Founding Fellow of the College but resigned from her fellowship in 1968 following her marriage to

Denys Whiteley, a theologian and tutor at Jesus College, Oxford.

Fellow, a post she held for four

Although an infrequent visitor to

held the same post for several years

invited to college functions and

years, emulating her father who from

1920.4

Joan joined the Department of

Veterinary Clinical Studies in 1955, holding grants in succession from

Cambridge, Joan appreciated being remained in contact until after her retirement in November 1980 as Research Assistant with Oxford Regional Health Authority.6

the Agricultural Research Council

She died on 5 April 2007.

veterinary biochemistry, and in

Karen Davies Archivist

and the Wellcome Trust for

1963 she was appointed Assistant

Director of Research in Veterinary Clinical Studies. Her publications include papers on hæmatin

compounds and hæmopateins in various scientific books and

journals, and she edited The

History of Cell Respiration and

Cytochrome, written by her father and posthumously published in

1966 following his sudden death of a heart attack, it became a key text in the field.

Introduced to the Dining Group by

Margaret Braithwaite in 19535, Joan regularly attended the weekly

dinners held at the Copper Kettle on King’s Parade, enjoying the

supportive environment of women who, like her, were teaching and

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Anne McLaren 1927–2007 Anne McLaren was an exceptional

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successful treatments for infertile

1995 she became President of the

and embryo transfer.

and Engineering. She was not a

women using fertilisation in vitro

scientist. She made fundamental

She spent the next 15 years (1959-

biological research in the fields of

Genetics in Edinburgh where she

discoveries in many areas of basic embryology, developmental and

reproductive biology and genetics. She played a pivotal role in

discussions of ethical issues

involving embryonic and stem cell research. She was the first woman ever to be elected as one of The

Royal Society’s officers as Foreign

Secretary and Vice-President. At an international level she promoted scientific exchange and raised awareness of the medical and

educational needs of developing

countries, was an ideal supervisor of research students and a

role model and champion for

women in science.

74) at the Institute of Animal

nurtured a large group of graduate students, of which I was her only female PhD student. Under her mixture of unstinting support,

tolerance, sense of fun and a highly developed critical faculty we

flourished. Her refusal to put her

name on the papers generated by her students, even when she had

done a considerable amount of the

work (an honourable practice rarely

seen today) was deeply appreciated. In 1974 she left Edinburgh to

become the director of the Medical Research Council’s new

Mammalian Development Unit at University College, London.

Anne Laura McLaren DBE, FRS was

In 1992 she moved to the Gurdon

Henry McLaren, the 2nd Baron

continued research developed in

born in 1927, the daughter of Sir Aberconway, and Christabel

MacNaghten. She was educated at

Longstowe Hall and Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford where she gained a first class degree in Zoology

and a DPhil.

She moved to London as a research fellow, first at University College and then at the Royal Veterinary College working with Donald

Institute in Cambridge where she London on mouse germ cells and the ‘pluripotent’ stem cells that

develop into sperm and eggs. In the same year she was appointed a Fellow of King’s College,

Cambridge and became a Fellow

Commoner at Christ’s College. In

Association for Women in Science feminist. As she said to Cambridge AWISE members ‘It has been my good fortune never personally to have encountered any

discrimination against me as a

woman though I was aware that it existed elsewhere’. She never

thought of herself as a woman

scientist, just as a scientist and a

woman. However, she was acutely aware of the difficulties and challenges of pursuing a demanding career and

simultaneously raising a family.

When asked how she had managed to achieve both so successfully she said ‘I would have been a better

scientist if I hadn’t been a mother

and a better mother if I hadn’t been a scientist”. I am not so sure. She

used other peoples’ perceptions to good effect. I learned from her, in

the 1970’s, how to get a sleeper to oneself on the night train from

London to Edinburgh. Signing in as ‘Dr’ for the second class, one was

automatically assumed to be male, and allocated to share with a man. On the discovery that the ‘Dr’

was a female, an upgrade was hurriedly provided.

1994 she was elected to an

Anne was a Trustee of the Natural

Cavendish College.

to 2003, where she was much

Honorary Fellow at Lucy

Michie, later her husband. In 1958,

Throughout her working life Anne

research led to the development of

of women in the sciences, and in

working with John Biggers, her

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endeavoured to promote the careers

History Museum London from 1994 appreciated for her wisdom and vision. Membership of the

Government’s Warnock Committee on Human Fertilisation and

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Embryology was followed by ten

During her last few years she

splendid personal qualities for

Fertilisation and Embryology

Ark Project, which she had co-

regard make her greatly missed.

years working on the Human

Authority that served to regulate infertility treatment and research and use of human embryos.

Anne received many honorary

degrees and awards, including the Japan Prize for her work in

developmental biology, the

Scientific Medal of the Zoological

Society of London, the Royal Medal

served as a Trustee of the Frozen founded. She was convinced that its aims, to preserve the DNA and viable cells of the world’s

endangered animal species before information for future science and a

Honorary Member of the

vital ‘back-up’ for conservation programmes.

the Study of Fertility. She was a

stem cells and early embryos. She

institutions overseas that included

the Polish Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts &

Sciences and the Russian Academy

of Sciences. In 1986 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of

Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

for her outstanding contribution to the field of fertility. In 1991 she

became a Founder Fellow in the

Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Fullerian Professor of

Physiology at the Royal Institution.

ethical debates about the use of was a member of the Nuffield

Foundation’s Bioethics Council and of the European Group on Ethics which advises the European

Commission on the social and

ethical implications of new scientific technologies. She was a council member of the Pugwash

Conferences, an organisation

awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1995 for its work to reduce the dangers of armed conflict and to raise awareness of ethical issues created by scientific advances.

As well as writing two academic

Anne died, aged 80, in a car crash

papers, she served on many

Donald Michie, her former husband

books and more than 330 research committees, councils and editorial boards, often as chairman or

which also claimed the life of who was travelling with her.

scientific advisor. They included the

Her death is a tremendous loss to

Special Programme on Human

colleagues, students, friends and all

World Health Organisation’s

Reproduction, and its Panel on Sustainable Development.

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children and seven grandchildren. Dr Ann Clarke

invaluable source of genetic

She was a notable contributor to

foreign member of academic

She is survived by her three

they become extinct, would be an

of the Royal Society and the

Marshall Medal of the Society for

which she was held in such high

the world of science and to her

those who were lucky enough to

enter her orbit. Her particular blend

of idealism, effectiveness and all the

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Laurence Ernest Rowland Picken 1909-2007 “Laurence Picken was one of the great Cambridge scholars of the

20th century. He was accomplished to such a degree that few even in

the university could appreciate the range of his achievements in fields

that were united in him as in no one else. One of his undergraduate

pupils, Roger Scruton, described

him as ‘a bachelor don of the old

school, an established scholar in the fields of biochemistry, cytology, musicology, Chinese, Slavonic studies and ethnomusicology,

world expert on Turkish musical instruments, Bach cantatas,

ancient Chinese science and reproduction of cells’”.7

He is remembered by the College as

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In the early years of WWII he was

Director of Research in the

region blood transfusion lab,

The Organization of Cells and other

officer-in-charge of the eastern

developing better methods for the filtration and drying of blood plasma. His techniques were

considered so valuable that he was trained by the British Council in

Department of Zoology. His book, Organisms (1960), came to be seen as a landmark in the study of the

relationship between fine structure and function in living matter.

Chinese, so he could join Joseph

In 1966, through the generosity of

China, flying to Chungking from

Pantin, he took the unusual step of

Needham’s scientific mission to

India in 1944. Snatching moments away from his scientific duties, he sought out many traditional

Chinese instruments - pottery

flutes, one-stringed fiddles, mouth organs - and learned to play them all with varying degrees of

proficiency. Such was his skill with the seven-stringed zither (qin) that he was the first European to be

made a member of the Chungking qin society.8

his Head of Department, Carl transferring his position from

zoology to the Faculty of Oriental Studies to pursue his other main

interest, which was Oriental music.9 In 1975 he published Folk Musical Instruments of Turkey, a

monumental work. But in 1981 he embarked on what he saw as the most important work of his life: Music from the Táng Court, a

projected 25-volume reconstruction and transcription of the entire

a generous benefactor with his gifts of furniture and porcelain in 2001, but there is also an earlier

connection when he was the

recipient of a unique musical teaparty held in the grounds of the College in 1976.

Laurence Picken was born in

Nottingham on 16 July 1909. From Waverley Road Secondary School,

Birmingham, he won a scholarship in 1928 to Trinity College,

Dr Laurence Picken’s 67th Birthday Party in the gardens of Lucy Cavendish College (Francesca Bray)

Cambridge, the first from his school to do so. He obtained a Double

First in Natural Sciences and took

Back in Cambridge in 1945, he took

corpus of Chinese Táng dynasty

Cambridge for the rest of his life.

and in 1946 he became Assistant

9th centuries, as preserved in the

his PhD in 1935. He remained at

up a fellowship at Jesus College,

entertainment music of the 7th to

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7 The Times, 24 March 2007 8 The Times, 24 March 2007 9 The Independent, 31 March 2007 10 The Times, 24 March 2007 11 The Independent, 31 March 2007 12 LCC/LH6/7/3 13 LCC/LG9/3/[

Dr Laurence Picken’s 67th Birthday in the gardens of Lucy Cavendish College (Francesca Bray)

Japanese Togaku tradition.10 The

first volume was published in 1991 and the seventh volume appeared when he was 91, before his loss of memory called a halt.11

He would occasionally hold little concerts of his latest discoveries,

charmingly enticing students and Fellows into blowing Hohner

melodicas or banging tabors to

recreate the sound world of an 8thcentury Chinese court. Perhaps inspired by such occasions,

Elizabeth Markham, a former music student at Lucy, arranged for a

musical tea-party in the College gardens in honour of his 67th

birthday. And so it was, on a hot

mouth organ, a double-reed pipe, and a lute.12

His move into the Hope Residential Home in 2001 prompted his

Trustees to arrange his affairs in

accordance with his Will. Owing to

his friendship with Jane Renfrew he had made provision for the College to be a major beneficiary of his more valued possessions.

Accordingly, he donated more than 6o pieces of Chinese and Japanese ceramics (now displayed in the Founders’ Room), and various

items of furniture including a 15thcentury Florentine table which is now in the President’s Lodge.13

July afternoon in 1976, several

He died on 16 March 2007.

engaged in the Táng Music Project)

Karen Davies

students (including some who were played the zither, a flute, a drum, a

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Joan Anne Simms 1918 -2007 On 20 November the college lost a much loved Emeritus Fellow who

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Logic). As the only student in her

She felt enormously privileged to

out of college she found the

Approved Society (1965) to an

year reading this subject, and living experience rather stressful and

lonely. She gained her BA in 1958

and MA in 1961. From 1958 to 1965 she was Senior Lecturer in Primary Education in Saffron Walden

College. In the year that Lucy

Cavendish was founded she joined the Cambridge Institute of

Education as Tutor in Primary

Education. She enjoyed teaching the students here and found

them very stimulating: many were holders of responsible had served the college in many

capacities since becoming Director

of Studies in Education in 1970, for our first two BEd students, and a

Member of the Combination Room. She was born into a Yorkshire

farming family, the Popplewells: her mother and aunts were

teachers, and grandfather and

cousins were preachers. Originally she trained as a Froebel teacher,

following her mother, Janet Park,

and taught primary school children.

In 1948/9 she took the University of Birmingham‘s Diploma in the

Psychology of Childhood and then joined the staff of Homerton

College, Cambridge, as a lecturer in Primary Education. In Cambridge a degree was felt to be necessary and

so she enrolled at Girton College in 1955, as a mature student, to read for a degree in Moral Sciences

(Philosophy, Psychology, Ethics and

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posts and went on to have

distinguished careers in education

see the college develop from

Approved Foundation (1984) and a full college with a Royal Charter (1997), and to work with five

Presidents. She observed with pride the growth of its resources,

buildings, furnishings, facilities, increase in student numbers,

fellows, opportunities for research, and the replanning of the garden.

When she first joined the college in

1970 the college was extremely poor and had recently moved into

College House. Unable to afford to get decorators in Joan and her

both in this country and abroad.

By chance in the 1960s she met Dr

Kathleen Wood-Legh who told her about the Dining Group: she was

impressed by the dedication of the Founding Fellows and found the concept of a college for “older”

women immediately appealing,

especially after her experience at Girton. So when, in 1970, she

received a telephone call at the

Institute from Dr Kate Bertram, President of Lucy Cavendish,

husband donned overalls and

Director of Studies in Education,

the interior themselves. In the 1970s

inviting her to become the first

she accepted at once. She wrote”

little did I know how the pattern of my life from then on was going to diversify and fructify, nor how

close a member of the college I was to become.”

painted the front door and part of

she became a Senior Member and in 1975 Recorder of the Roll: in 1980 she became a Fellow and also

became Steward, a role which she graced with her characteristic

charm and elegance. In 2001 she

was made an Emeritus Fellow, an honour which she greatly valued.

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In her college career she much

the college in June 1985 there was

Natasha Squire and Doris Thoday

giving him a cup of tea and so she

enjoyed working closely with

and also with Lorna Morrison, the Domestic Bursar, and especially

valued their helpfulness and good

humour. I have happy memories of

no suitable crockery to use for

bought a Wedgewood tea service

for the use of the acting President

and future Presidents. There were numerous similar acts of

thoughtfulness which made things better for people in college. After

her husband died in 1990 she gave money to fund the Simms

Schoolmistress Fellowship to enable a teacher to have a sabbatical term in college: when schools began to

find it difficult to release teachers

for this purpose she agreed that it should be transformed into a College Prize for Education. our collaboration over making an

illustrated catalogue of the college’s valued objects in 1989. We found objects which had been long

forgotten in odd corners and made a thorough list of everything of

value and of the people who had given them to the college.

Not only was Joan a meticulous

She married Thomas H. Simms in

September 1959. He was a Trustee and Senior Tutor of Homerton

College for twenty five years, and a

great support to her, and they had a lovely home in Fulbourn. After his death she moved to Marlborough Court, Grange Road, Cambridge

which was her elegant home for the rest of her life.

colleague, she was also a delightful

We shall miss her cheerful, positive

generous friend to the college

extremely grateful for all she has

companion and a modest and most supplying objects where she saw

there was a need to make a room

more attractive or make an occasion run more smoothly. For example

when burglars stole the small silver wheelbarrow which fits onto the

base of the Bidder candelabrum she had an exact replica made; when

Prince Philip made his first visit to

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presence in college and are done for it over the years. Jane M. Renfrew

Governing Body Fellow


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Development News Annual Fund In 2003 the Lucy Cavendish

Annual Fund was created to provide financial flexibility for the College’s pressing

needs. Gifts to the Annual Fund reinforce the College’s

distinctive profile and the

generosity of our alumnae

and friends ensures that we are able to provide the levels of

teaching and support needed here and to do so in a well-maintained learning environment.

We would like to ask all members

of the College to consider giving to the Annual Fund this year. All donations make a difference,

playing a part in enabling us to

continue with the work that we do.

Alumnae Directory

Part of the new website is an

A Giving Form is included with

In Spring 2007 the College launched its new website (www.lucy-

that this will provide an

your Newsletter or is available online http://www.lucy-

cav.cam.ac.uk/media/development /documents/annual-fund.pdf

cav.cam.ac.uk). The site was developed by SoundWave

Marketing run by an alumna,

Alumnae Directory and it is hoped opportunity for Alumnae and

Friends of the College to keep in

touch with us and with each other.

Anna Mace (2004).

Please remember that in order to

Please do not hesitate to contact

News and information on events

we do need you to use your name

Development, if you have any

can book your place at Formal

Meryl Davies, Head of

questions development@lucycav.cam.ac.uk

is posted on the site and you Hall there too.

The Alumnae section includes news of Alumnae and lists of

those for whom we currently do

allow registration on the directory or an email address which we have on our records. The Alumnae Directory can be found at: http://www.lucy-

cav.cam.ac.uk/modules/

smf_forum/smf/index.php

not have an address.

Please do send news and contact details to College:

development@lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk

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Features Life Drawing As a new venture the Fine Arts

Committee arranged Life Drawing classes. These were set up and

taught by Helena Greene in the

Michaelmas Term, who introduced us to some fantastic models, and pushed us towards greater

confidence in line drawing and

trying new media. Sadly Helena

had to stop due to illness, but Clare Sinclair continued the challenge in

the Lent Term by encouraging us to try collage and colour.

All of us who came are grateful for this opportunity and feel it helped provide a discipline for both

Discussion is now underway as to

academic pressures through the

our observational skills.

in art at Lucy: it was difficult to

might have an “Arts Weekend� in

improving our artistic efforts and

how to continue to provide teaching maintain regular activity due

year. It has been suggested we

the Lent term with a series of events for different talents- ideas are

welcome as to how we can develop this further

Sarah Gull Fine Arts Committee

Life Drawings by Sarah Gull

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Women in the Media In 1982 an article about Lucy

Cavendish College was featured in

the March edition of Cosmopolitan Magazine and, twenty-five years

later, on 8th March 2007, the college hosted a panel discussion on

‘Women in the Media’. The debate,

which preceded the English Formal Hall, also fell on International

Women’s Day, and questions to the panel asked how and why the preoccupations of women, as

represented in the print media, had changed over the intervening twenty-five years.

The panel included: Yasmin

Alibhai-Brown, author, journalist,

columnist on the Independent and the Evening Standard and Senior

Fellow at the Foreign Policy Centre; Rowan Pelling, columnist on the Independent on Sunday, Booker Prize judge (2004), and former

editor of the Erotic Review; Irma Kurtz, journalist, author, and

Agony Aunt for Cosmopolitan

Magazine; and Marcia Schofield,

Lucy alumna, Chronic and Cancer Pain Specialist, and former

keyboard player with The Fall. It was chaired by Louise Foxcroft, author and Lucy Alumna.

The room was full and the

discussion was lively, covering

questions on race, sex, power and representation. The role of the media in the increasing

sexualisation of society, and the

Life Drawing by Veronica Sutherland

possible damage this might do to

retains ultimate editorial control.

controversial subject. This had

about the attitudes women

young women and girls, was one bearing on the question of women holding more visible positions in the media, as news presenters, columnists etc., which, though

laudable, doesn’t appear to affect

Not least, the panel was asked

journalists and commentators have towards their own sex.

Dr Louise Foxcroft (1992)

the entrenched male majority which

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You Can Live Forever. Julie Maxwell (Jonathan Cape, 2007) Alice is having a crisis of faith. She

has been brought up by her mother, Oonagh, in an End Times church,

The Church of the Worldwide Saints of God, a community sustained by a gratifying belief that they will

shortly ‘be taken to a place of safety - protected from the abominable

sights but still able to hear the faint screams of sinners and the muted pounding of their fists as they

begged to be let in’. The faithful repudiate the limits of a

conventional heaven; they expect to become gods on earth, the

‘universal HQ’, and rule over other, distant, planets. They minimise their contact with Worldlings:

‘everyone in the church said that everyone in The World was a

drug baron or necrophiliac ... so you could be glad to know the

plain truth and be spared their

company’. The sect’s central text is The Unbelievable Potential of Human Beings supported by volumes such as All about

Dating and Courtship Leading to a Christian Marriage, which rejects unmarried physical proximity between couples (‘the grossly

indecent handling of another’s

genitals’) but is vague about what

might follow in virtuous marriage, stressing the need for a sense of humour on honeymoon.

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Julie Maxwell with her book You Can Live Forever

Alice’s Irish father, William, also

disposal, the appropriation of

wife loves him, doubts that Alice

possibly, with poison.

has few doubts. He doubts his

belongs to anyone but him and

obsolete explosive and, quite

doubts the entire belief system of

Alice is not meant to indulge in

with secret girlfriends, arson, body

world - doomed one way or another

the Saints. His certainties are to do

forward-planning in the present


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- and she is already defending her

slightly less immediate. It says it all

‘Shakespeare is very edifying.

‘Even if it shall not be tardy, still it

decision to read English at Oxford. Langland, perhaps even more so. Langland knew the end of the

in Habakkuk 2:3, the Saints are told: shall not be late.’

world was coming.’ But Alice’s

Alice is no longer certain she

physical attraction to Jude, a

Armageddon is on the move

greatest temptation is her

Saint temporarily exiled for some unspecific sexual

misdemeanour, with whom she is lurching towards sin. Alice’s

is immortal; if the date of

the compensations for faithful

self-denial have, in their delay, become less compelling.

excruciating emotional, spiritual

Julie Maxwell has a fine eye for the

towards losing her virginity is

young men with cold hands and

and physiological journey

beautifully and wittily observed. All five of Maxwell’s senses are uncomfortably alert for the

various textures of flesh, fluid,

deliquescence, flaw and failure, and to every nuance of the

exhausting negotiations with the conscience necessary to pursue

sensuality within a tyrannically selfmortifying sect.

But one of the problems of the

immutable truths of this church is

that they admit to change. Change may be broad: a new edict states

that unmarried men and women

should not sit next to each other in the front of the car, or minutely

detailed: the use of Canesten and

Anusol creams is newly permitted, but there are also more

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devout: ‘in the crepuscular foyer,

lips chapped to glacé cherries sold

protective plastic covers for bibles’ and she is clearly in her element

with the fantastic sexual shibboleths of the church. But there are dark

shadows cast by this tale. How can

the identity and the intellect survive within a framework of absolute

faith? What kind of belief exalts in

the prospect of unbelievers’ agony? What is religious morality if not

indifferent to external pressures? What are the limits of parental love? And as for Alice and her

eventual fate, do we judge that

Alice’s sin does, in the end, find her out or that she is simply, triumphantly, mortal?

Elizabeth Speller (1992)

fundamental shifts. The final

apocalypse of the godless, had been expected in ‘the last quarter of the twentieth century. Ish’ and has

hovered over Alice’s entire life. Now allotted a new status it is

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The Founders’ Collection of Children’s Books Amongst the rare books held in the College Library is a

collection of children’s literature from the 19th century. These

books, 45 in total, were donated to the College in 1995 by Dr. Anna Bidder (1903-2001), a founding

fellow and first President of the College (1965-1970), and are collectively known as the ‘Founders’ Collection of

Children’s Books’. Born in Cambridge, Anna and her

elder sister, Caroline (1900-1990), were the daughters of two scientists, George Parker

Bidder III, a zoologist, and

Marion Greenwood, a biologist.

They lived at Cavendish Corner, now the EF School of English on Hills Road. Inscriptions in

many of the books reveal that they were passed down

Sarah Trimmer Miscellanies (n.d.)

library, and managing conservation of the collections.

through generations of Bidder

Following the death of Anna

Anna and Caroline.

Association made a donation of

children before reaching

The books are housed in a

purpose-built rare books room

with temperature and humidity controls. Management of this

collection, and indeed the rare book collection as a whole, provides something of a

challenge to the Librarian

and the Archivist through the demands of cataloguing

specialist collections of rare books, a task which differs markedly from that of

cataloguing modern texts

for a predominantly undergraduate

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Bidder in 2001, the Alumnae

at the end of the Easter Term

which used examples from the collection to present a brief history of 19th century children’s literature.1

£1000 for the repair and

Children’s books flourished

Collection of Children’s Books,

levels of literacy steadily

conservation of the Founders’ in memory of Anna and in

recognition of her contribution

to the founding and development of the College. This generous

during the 19th century: increased, and technical

advances made it possible

to produce large numbers of

books at lower prices.2 There

donation has provided for the

was also a growing acceptance

last of which was completed

not only to be informed and

repair of eleven books, the

this summer. To mark the

end of the alumnae-funded

conservation programme, the opportunity was taken to showcase this fascinating

collection through an exhibition

that children had the right educated but also to be

entertained. This is characterised by the changing tone of the

literature, from didactic and explicitly moral texts at the

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Maria Edgeworth, Mary Martha

Thomas Day’s (1748-1789) most

Martineau are focused on a didactic

History of Sandford and Merton (3

Sherwood, Maria Hack, and Harriet theme, rather than a dramatic

situation and the relationships between characters.

As a devout evangelical Anglican, Sarah Trimmer (1741-1810)

disapproved of children’s literature which lacked any didactic element and failed to provide moral

instruction. She had a particular Sarah Trimmer The Ladder to Learning (1789)

literature which was enjoyable (albeit implicitly moral) and

inherently more appealing. 3 Authors who shaped children’s literature are well-represented amongst the collection, from

Sarah Trimmer, who disapproved of children’s literature which

failed to provide moral instruction, through to Kenneth Grahame

and his sharp, authentic vision

of childhood which has inspired writers of children’s literature

in the 20th century. Half of the

collection was published between

1870 and 1910 in what has become known as ‘The Golden Age of Children’s Literature’.

The ideal late Georgian child

was rational and well-informed; their books were serious, moral,

and dense with facts. The stories of Sarah Trimmer, Thomas Day,

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dislike of fairy stories, describing Cinderella as a tale inculcating “envy, jealousy, a dislike for

mothers-in-law and half-sisters, vanity, [and] a love of dress.”

Thus, in her own Miscellanies (n.d.) she promoted piety and

hard work, with story titles

such as ‘The dangers of delays’ and ‘The punishment of

wilfulness’. However, later

celebrated children’s book The

volumes, 1783-1789) was intended

to illustrate the doctrine that many may be made good by instruction and by an appeal to reason. It

consists of a serious of episodes in which the rich and objectionable

Tommy Merton, the spoilt son of a wealthy plantation owner from Jamaica, is contrasted with his

friend, Harry Sandford, the poor

but worthy son of a local farmer. Eventually Tommy is reformed,

partly through the intervention of their tutor, Mr Barlow. A host of interpolated stories, providing

introductions to ancient history, astronomy, biology, science,

exploration, and geography, enable facts and figures to be absorbed

relatively painlessly but the main

students of educational

methods and children’s books credit her with an innovation that became commonplace in

the 19th century: she popularized the use of pictorial material in books for children.

Trimmer also provided several texts for use in charity schools, including reading instruction in The Ladder of Learning (1789, 1792). A

collection of fables, the book was

“arranged progressively in words of one, two, and three syllables, with original morals.”

Thomas Day The History of Sandford and Merton (1783-1789)

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The Parent’s Assistant, or Stories for Children (1796) was the first

evidence of Maria Edgeworth’s

(1768-1849) concern to write for

children. Writing in the Preface of Moral Tales in [1801], her father says that it is an attempt “to

provide for young people…a few Tales, that shall neither dissipate the attention, nor inflame the

imagination.” For example, in the tale of ‘Angelina’, the character of Miss Burrage “is the picture of a

young lady, who meanly flatters

persons of rank; and who, after she has smuggled herself into good company, is ashamed to Maria Edgeworth, Moral Tales (1801)

acknowledge her former friends, to whom she was bound by the strongest ties of gratitude.”

Mary Sherwood (1775-1851) was

narrative easily holds the attention.

one of the most prolific of the

What comes through is the

evangelical writers (over 400 titles

basic Christian message that

are assigned to her), and her

members of society should

History of the Fairchild Family, the

be kind not only to each other but

first part of which appeared in 1818

also to the poor and the sick, to

(its tremendous success leading to a

those of a different race, and to

second part in 1842 and a third in

animals, birds, and insects. They

1847), was one of the most

should labour to the best of their

universally read juvenile books of

ability and contribute to a

the century. Described by F. J.

common pool of goods and

Harvey Darton as “the

happiness. But for the idle rich,

quintessential reading experience

particularly those who wear

for every nineteenth-century

fine clothes, play cards, and treat

middle-class child”, the Fairchild

lesser mortals with contempt,

children are by turns miscreants

the author has no mercy. Despite

and religious zealots. Whether

its didacticism, this work was

writing for children or adults,

very popular: it was destined to be a best-seller for 80 years, and was translated into several languages.

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Mary Sherwood, The History of the Fairchild Family (1818)

Sherwood was unwilling to temper Mary Sherwood, The History of the Fairchild Family (1818)

her conviction of inherent human

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providing essentially episodic and anecdotal introductions

to the subject. Winter Evenings was still appearing in revised editions in the 1870s.

Sarah Ellis’s (1799-1872) fiction for children, found mainly in Fisher’s Juvenile Scrap-Book (1840-1848), inculcates simple moral lessons

applicable to either sex. Fireside

Tales for the Young, a collection of stories from various editions of Fisher’s Juvenile Scrap-Book,

doesn’t disappoint in this regard.

The Preface notes that “lively and

attractive as they are, [these Fireside Tales] are totally free from hurtful Maria Hack, Winter Evenings (1818)

his quarrelling youngsters to view

the rotting corpse of a fratricide on

or dangerous excitement; and while they are sufficiently

entertaining to rivet the attention

of the young, they are sufficiently

Joseph Cundall, Treasury of Pleasure Books for Young People (n.d.) with illustrations by Harrison Weir

instructive to deserve a permanent place in the juvenile library.”

The Playfellow (1841) by Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), character

and plot development are slight,

but it remained in print for over a

a gibbet to teach them ‘that our

century to enforce the stern lesson

hearts by nature are full of hatred.’

to readers of the willingness to suffer for what is right.

Sherwood spent ten years in India (1805-1816) with her soldier

husband and the country remained

Advances in technology made

writing career, as evidenced in

illustrations and so contributed to

possible the printing of colour

a rich resource throughout her long

an ever-growing market for lively

tracts and novels such as Henry

and attractive material. In the early

Milner (1823) and its sequel John

1840s Joseph Cundall (1818-1895)

Marten (1844).

began an ambitious publishing

project, the Home Treasury series,

In Winter Evenings (4 vols., 1818), a

the aim of which was to improve

mother teaches geography through

the standard of illustrated

the medium of travellers’ tales to

children’s books. The printer was

her two children, Harry and Lucy. It sets a pattern for a variety of

other educational works by Maria Hack (1777-1844) which follow,

Charles Whittingham the younger Sarah Ellis, Fireside Tales for the Young (n.d.)

at the Chiswick Press, whose

typography and press-work were

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unrivalled. This edition of Treasury

of Pleasure Books for Young People (pictured) features finely detailed

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animals. Thackeray paid tribute to

Cundall for the quality of the books.

illustrations on almost every page,

John Millais (1829-1896) too

Harrison Weir (1824–1906), and his

to the revival of book illustration

including those of the artist,

celebrated drawings of birds and

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made a distinguished contribution in the 1860s, and his work can

be seen in William Rands’s Lilliput

Levee (1864), a book of verse for children with illustrations.

Rands (1823-1882) has been

described as the ‘laureate of the nursery’, Lilliput Levee (his best-known work) was

followed by Lilliput Lectures (1871), and Lilliput Legends (1872). All three were published

anonymously. Lilliput Levee

contains some delightful verse,

from the opening poem, in which children take over control of the

world from adults, to such nearclassics as ‘Topsyturvey-world’ and ‘The Dream of a Girl who Lived at Seven-Oaks’. He

often memorably catches the mind, the voice, and the

imagination of the child. Arthur Layard’s illustrations in

Billy Mouse and Harriet Hare are attractive examples of the greater use of colour printing.

The publishers, Dean and Son, were also part of the trend to provide

amusement and pleasure in books for children, rather than simply serving as tools for instruction. They were one of the first

publishers of children’s books to

enter the field of movables, books which use simple animation

devices, e.g. the tab, which when

pulled causes characters to spring alive. Dean and Son produced

about fifty movables in the last half of the 19th century, making the Arthur Layard’s illustrations in Billy Mouse

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Such publications provided the

fundamental elements for children’s fantasies: delightful characters,

expertly drawn, in a framework inviting imaginative play. 4

In Deans New Dress Book: Rose

Merton the Little Orphan [1860],

every cliché of a nineteenth-century heroine’s life finds its way into this tale. Rose Merton, virtuous and

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have been the favourite reading of

young officers in the Crimean War. In keeping with the themes of

many of her novels, The Young

book is interesting to modern readers, having a noticeably feminist angle and dealing

realistically with the problems of a second marriage and

Stepmother (1861) explores the

family. It is also a mine of

lives, duty versus ambition, and

mobility, ecclesiastical change

moral conflicts of sheltered the difference between real

and apparent goodness. The

information about social and developments in

education and housing.

trusting orphan, overcomes all

manner of adversity after being tricked from her aunt’s house

and kidnapped by gypsies. The

book conveys her various

hardships and triumphs by

using different kinds of fabric in her dress. For example, as

her fortunes sink, her pretty pink and white skirt gets exchanged for a plaid rag. The use of real

cloth and ribbon is a rare novelty effect, but however much this

may have delighted children, the book firmly reinforces the moral and social context of the day.

The cost of cutting-out cloth and hand-colouring scenes most

likely limited the edition sizes

and so the copy in our collection is probably a rare example.

Charlotte Yonge (1823-1901)

wrote mainly for young women readers, of whom she had a world-wide following, but

her books were also admired

by her literary contemporaries: Tennyson, Kingsley, Rossetti, and Morris, and were said to

Arthur Layard’s illustrations in Harriet Hare

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The turn of the century saw a great flowering. Kenneth Grahame

(1859-1932) broke new ground with his evocation of the

ruthless egocentricity of childhood in The Golden Age (1895). This

collection of stories of childhood was seen as a breakthrough in writing about childhood, debunking the cult of the

‘beautiful child’. The Academy noted: ‘So typical are their

thoughts and actions, misgivings and ambitions, that The Golden Age is to some extent every reader’s biography’, and

thus it was perceived as a book about childhood for adults. Although it appealed to

the popular taste at the time,

it has not retained its popularity, unlike that literary classic,

The Wind in the Willows (1908).

However, the style and approach of The Golden Age provided a model - through writers such as Edith Nesbit and

Rudyard Kipling - for much

of twentieth-century children’s literature.

If you would like to see any of the

books illustrated (and others in the collection), access can be arranged Deans New Dress Book: Rose Merton the Little Orphan (1860)

The dedication is to a Winifred

hopes [these] little books will

Cavendish and reads: ‘With all

has always found them:

Fiennes from our own Lucy

good wishes and prayers, from Lucy C. F. Cavendish, who

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be to her what L. C. F. C.

dear friends ‘among all the changing scenes of life.’’

through either the Librarian or Archivist.

Karen Davies Archivist


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1 The principal sources used in writing this article were The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online) and The Oxford Companion to English Literature (6th edition). 2 Morna Daniels, ‘Aspects of the Victorian book: children’s books’, http://www.bl.uk/collections/early/victoria n/pu_child.html 3 Jacquelyn Lewis, ‘Children’s publishing at the turn of the Century – a lasting impression?’, http://apm.brookes.ac.uk/publishing/culture /lewis.html 4 http://www.lib.virginia.edu/ small/exhibits/popup/deans.html

Kenneth Grahame The Golden Age (1895)

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Formal Hall List LENT TERM 2008 a b

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Formal Hall – all College community with separate tables for Library Sub-Committee Formal Hall – separate subject tables for Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Formal Hall – separate subject tables for Archaeology & Anthropology, Architecture & History of Art and for the Fine Arts Sub-Committee Formal Hall- separate subject tables for English and Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Formal Hall – St Valentine’s Day dinner Formal Hall – separate subject tables for Medicine Formal Hall separate tables for graduate students and research fellows Formal Hall separate subject tables for Geography, MML, Oriental Studies & Education Lucy Cavendish Dinner Formal Hall – follows Lucy Cavendish Lecture by Baroness Cohen of Pimlico

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Formal Hall – all College Community with special invitations to Honorary Members of the Combination Room Formal Hall – separate subject tables for Economics, Social & Political Sciences and JBS Formal Hall – separate subject tables for Partners & Friends and Garden Sub-Committee Supper Lyttelton Dinner Supper Supper Formal Hall – following the CWL Lecture by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Alison Richard Formal Hall – Final Formal Hall of the year Garden Party

open to all members of the College community, including members of staff open to all College members (Fellows, students and alumnae) and to those who have been offered dining privileges (i.e. everyone on the College List and external Directors of Studies) by invitation only

All College Members are always welcome to dine at any Formal Hall, regardless of subject designation, if any. All College Members and guests who are members of the University should wear gowns for Formal Hall. Bookings for Formal Hall can be made through the College website at http://www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk/mealbooking/ or by telephone to the President’s PA, Beverley Harvey (01223 332196). Any questions should be addressed to the Steward, Dr Jenny Koenig (jk111@cam.ac.uk).

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