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125th Anniversary Gaudy Celebrations


In this 125th anniversary year, the Gaudy celebrations will extend over 3 days with special reunions, archives exhibitions, lectures, concerts and films.

Saturday night will feature a magnificent 1920s-style Gaudy Gala Fundraising Dinner, with live music, cocktails and entertainment in celebration of the year in which women became full members of the University.​

We are delighted to welcome, as Gaudy speaker, Katty Kay (Mod Lang. 1984 – 1988),  presenter of BBC World News America and Beyond 100 Days and also Peter Sheppard who will be rounding off the weekend's festivities with a special concert on Sunday afternoon.

Friday 14 September

6.30pm - 8pm Buffet supper                 

7pm for 7.30pm 50th Reunion Dinner (1968)      

7.30pm for 8pm 40th Reunion Dinner (1978)      

Saturday 15 September

10.30am  Janet Howarth - Historian Mrs Janet Howarth presents A Short History of St Hilda's featuring a brand new film drawn from the Living History Project

1pm Buffet Lunch

2pm-2.45pm Gort Scott Architects will deliver the latest updates on the new buildings project

3pm Keynote Speech - co-author of The Confidence Code For Girls, news anchor for BBC World News America and NBC: Katty Kay                                           

6.45pm Drinks Reception

7.45pm 1920s cocktails and canapés, live music, dancing and entertainment at the Gaudy Gala Dinner

Reunion tables for 25th anniversary (matriculation 1993)

Dinner dress code: black tie, 1920's style encouraged                     

10.30pm Second desserts and more

Sunday 16 September

10am – 12pm Champagne Brunch                                          

12.30 Closing Concert with Peter Sheppard Skærved (violin, viola) and Roderick Chadwick (piano) featuring work by Honorary Fellow Elizabeth Maconchy.

Debussy Sonata for violin and piano

Lilli Boulanger "d'un matin de printemps" for Violin and Piano

Elizabeth Maconchy "Five Sketches" for solo viola

Priaulx Rainier "Reminiscence" for viola and piano

Ravel Sonata for violin and piano


Reunion Dinner: £49

Buffet Supper: £25

Saturday Lunch: £25

Gaudy Gala Fundraising Dinner: Alumnae and Guests £70, alumnae concessions and 25th anniversary (matriculation 1993) £60

The Gala Dinner includes a modest donation to the 125th Anniversary Fund. 

Sunday Brunch: Ticket types vary, please register

Sunday Concert: Free, but please register

Booking deadline: 27/08/18

When booking, the opportunity is available to make an additional voluntary donation to the 125th Anniversary Fund. Please note we are unable to issue refunds after the booking deadline has passed.

For information on requesting accommodation in College, please visit our Accommodation for Alumnae Events page. Rooms are limited, so early booking is recommended.

We regret that parking in College is currently limited to Blue Badge holders only.

What happened at the event

What a fabulous weekend! It was wonderful to see so many alumnae return to College, and many with their families. 

Janet Howarth had us both laughing and crying with A Short History of St Hilda's and the new film drawn from the Living History Project. Katty Kay had us enthralled with a talk that was both informative and witty.  We overindulged ourselves with cocktails, canapés and a veritable feast, and, to top it all off, we danced the night away! 

The following morning, we enjoyed a luxurious champagne brunch and were utterly absorbed by Peter Sheppard Skærved (violin, viola) and Roderick Chadwick (piano) in the Closing Concert. 

If you want to relive the weekend, or see what you missed, have a look at our Livestream: