Walking on the Grass, Dancing in the Corridors – Newnham at 150

Walk with us on the grass, dance in the corridors and join us to take a fresh look at the whole Newnham community to celebrate the last 150 years of this unique college.

Over 250 pages of new material have been gathered for this book, due to be published on October 7, 2021.  A great shared effort has brought wide-ranging sources, including door notebooks, diaries, letters home, drawings, emails, memes and a recipe for Dutch Apple cake.  Witty illustrations on the end-papers chart the expansion of the College’s foot-print. Badgers and bees receive honourable mentions as well as notable visitors including John Ruskin, George Eliot, Jessye Norman and Madame Houphouët-Boigny.

We hope there is much to interest all disciplines and anyone who cares about the life of the College through time.  The spotlight shines on the staff not only through their own contributions but in fond reminiscences of them:  Meg Roberts’ reflections on Peter Robertson and the catering department’s ‘Gem of the Day’ is one highlight. Miriam Margolyes and Clare Balding offer us a share in their undergraduate supervisions. See, from their hand-drawn plans, how Jane Grigson and Sylvia Plath organised their rooms. Trace the evolution of Newnham from a small boarding house in Regent Street to an outward-looking, reforming constituent college of the University of Cambridge.

Jean Gooder, Pat Easterling and Claire Barlow are among those who provide insights into their long careers as Newnham academics.  And all this is centred round the College’s wonderful gardens—where everyone walks on the grass.


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