All Open Programme Projects – Lent 2021

Discover the projects created by the global Newnham Community: Fellows, alumnae, staff and students.

Our aim for the Open Programme is to engage audiences within College, and beyond; to inspire, excite, delight and challenge; to enrich our lives; for us to be happy and healthy.

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Major Funded Projects

Feminist History Interactive Map (Rosa Campbell & Paula Keller)

Inspired by recent projects that use interactive mapping software, including Spare Rib’s ‘The Business of Women’ map; History Workshop’s ‘Whose Streets?’ maps and an interactive version of the Bosch painting ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ Rosa Campbell & Paula Keller will draw upon the Newnham archives and library as the basis for an interactive map highlighting women’s writing and feminist activism at Newnham, and centring marginalised voices.

Funding: £3000 (plus £2000 donation)

Black Students of Newnham Photo Series (OBR Collective) – a student-led project

A series of high-quality photographic portraits of Newnham’s current Black students across both the JCR & MCR will be commissioned and be displayed during Black History Month, October 2021, and beyond.

Funding: £1000 (plus matched funding from the Valuable Possessions Committee)

Climate Change Exhibition (Newnham Environmental Justice Society) – a student-led project

Focusing on how we view climate change, nature, and the role ‘sustainability’ plays in our lives. Inviting submissions from artists, for possible digital display in 2021 and physically in 2022.

Funding: £1000

Changing the Way Women are Represented on Wikipedia

(Originally suggested by Dr Gabi Heller, and supported by Newnham Alumnae)

Adding more biographies of people from under-represented groups, especially Newnham alumnae, to Wikipedia, and improving existing biographies; includes workshops for students.

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Funding: £1000

Supported by Other Groups

Student-led Organic Permaculture Garden (Newnham Gardening Club)

Supported by the Garden Committee.

Creating a permaculture garden as an extension to the existing allotments, including fruit trees, perennial and annual fruit and vegetables, and herbs.

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Exploring how Religious & Philosophical Beliefs Impact the Educational Opportunities & Research Potential of Newnham’s Alumnae (Julia M Sisk Reynes)

Forming part of the MCR Speaker Series.

No Cost Projects

Improving Student Mental Health (Dr Jane Morris, NC 1971)

A series of talks by Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Jane Morris, Lead Clinician North of Scotland Managed Clinical Network.

Two American Women at Eva Smith House 1978-1980 (Karin Horowitz and Leanne Grega Simmons)

Karin Horowitz and Leanne Grega Simmons met at Newnham in 1978, when they arrived from the USA to study English Literature. Their time in Eva Smith House remains firmly fixed in their memories as the supportive setting for an influential period of their lives. They are creating an informal recorded conversation about the central role Eva Smith House had in shaping not only their Newnham and Cambridge experience, but later life. The conversation will interweave the history and heritage through archival materials, including those from Historical England Heritage Schools.