Gaudy Weekend 2019

Gaudy Weekend 2019

3 October 2019

St Antony’s welcomed alumni from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s to a special Gaudy Weekend on 21-22 September.  The event saw alumni from across the period reconnecting with each other and the College.

The event commenced with afternoon tea in the Buttery, followed by talks in the Investcorp Auditorium by Professor Sir Richard Evans, Dr Christine Nicholls and the Warden, Professor Roger Goodman.  Professor Sir Richard reflected on the experience of arriving at the very international St Antony’s, memories of dining in what is now the Gulbenkian Reading Room, and the opportunities that allowed him to commence learning German, which would become so central to his career as a historian.  As one of the first generation of women to study at St Antony’s, and author of the college history, Dr Nicholls spoke about life in the College in the 1960s, and her sense of the intellectual equality achieved by women at St Antony’s.  Professor Goodman gave a potted-history of recent changes to the structure of the ‘Collegiate University’ and the impact these have had on St Antony’s.

The weather was so unseasonably pleasant that the pre-dinner drinks reception was able to take place outside, on the steps of the Hilda Besse next to the Middle East Centre.  A fantastic ‘musical interlude’ was then offered by Professor Gabriel Gorodetsky, joined by world-renowned musician Silke Avenhaus and Anne Sideris.  Alumni gathered in the Hall to listen to their mesmerising performances of music by Schubert.  We are enormously grateful to Gabriel, Silke and Anna for their kindness in playing for us.  High Table dinner brought back fond memories of dining at St Antony’s, and Professor David Marquand rounded off the evening with a speech considering the continued impact of St Antony’s and its scholars.

Tours the next day gave alumni a chance to re-visit old haunts and familiarise themselves with the College’s new buildings, and the weekend closed with luncheon in the Buttery.  Thank you very much to all the alumni who travelled from near and far to take part.  Our special thanks go to Professor Sir Richard Evans, Dr Christine Nicholls, Professor Gabriel Gorodetsky, Silke Avenhaus, Anna Sideris, and Professor David Marquand.

If you would like to reconnect with someone from your time at St Antony’s, please send a message to alumni.office@sant.ox.ac.uk, and we will do our best to put you in touch.