Previous Treasures Of The Month

St Hilda's Hall Eight Going Past the Barges in 1921

This wonderful image was featured in the lifestyle pictorial magazine ‘The Sphere’( 1900-1964). Student Ethel Collinson  [St. Hilda’s 1917] rowed in the VIII, which was coached by William Best. Collinson wrote over a hundred letters during her time in Oxford to her mother,  a number of which mention her passion for rowing.

In a letter dated 26th October 1919  she comments on the photographic session documenting the St. Hilda’s VIII. It is clear that the coach was not impressed:

“On Thursday, a man came to photograph us for the Ladies’ Pictorial or some such rag. Anyway [we all] had to trot down to the Isis at 1.10 to be photographed in the Eight. The joke is that it was a fixed seater, owing to Salters’[ the boatmakers]  mistake, and we should have had  some difficulty in rowing it if we had tried.. You should have seen Best and the photographer!  He wanted to take us across stream at first!  Then when Best stood up in the sten…the young man told him “you can sit down now”!  Best was finally provoked into remarking that he had been on the river 60 years!”   [PP 13/71]


St Hilda's Hall Eight Going Past the Barges in 1921

Sue Lloyd-Roberts's prompt cards for her speech, 'A report from a human rights reporter'.

In 2016, Nick Guthrie kindly donated to the College the papers of his wife, our alumna and prominent journalist and human rights campaigner Sue Lloyd-Roberts MBE [History and Modern Languages, 1970]. These fascinating documents, which are currently being catalogued, range from Sue’s school reports at Cheltenham Ladies College to correspondence with the BBC and ITN, newspaper article cuttings, prompt cards and transcripts for speeches and early family photographs. 

The cards pictured were prepared for a speech entitled ' A report from a human rights reporter' given on 1st April 2003. [PP 14 C/2]

Watch the inaugural Sue Lloyd-Roberts Memorial Lecture, given by Lord Hall of Birkenhead (Director General of the BBC) on 26 April 2017  here.



Sue Lloyd-Roberts's prompt cards for her speech, ' A report from a human rights reporter'

World War I Vacation on a Northamptonshire Farm

In this photograph, St Hilda's students work on a Northamptonshire Farm in the Long Vacation as part of their war-work duties. During the First World War, students also staged plays to raise money for the Prisoners of War Fund, rolled bandages and helped out at the Army Ordnance Depot in Didcot, and provided entertainment for wounded soldiers and nursing staff. Hear more from our Archivist Oliver Mahony about this treasure from St Hilda's archives.

WWI 'vacation' for St Hilda's students on a Northamptonshire Farm

A Child's Scribbles

These are the scribbles of John Norris, born in 1700. As a child, he filled the blank pages of his parents’ book with writing exercises, children’s verses, and the names of his parents Mary and Richard and his little sister Mary. On this page, he practises writing numbers, mentions the name of his “play felar” Thomas, and writes half-remembered lines of the Lord’s Prayer such as “for our trespasses as we forgive us our that trespas aganst us”.

John came back to this book as an adolescent. He inscribed his name again, this time in perfectly formed letters, underneath the irregular scribbles of his childhood: “John I. Norres 1718”.

Andrewes, Lancelot.  XCVI. sermons. London: Richard Badger, 1641

St Hilda's Treasure of the Month - 'A Child's Scribbles'

Letter to the Principal (from a dog!)

There can be few college collections that boast a cainine letter addressed to the Principal, but this light hearted letter is written on behalf of by a dog named Beeto. The dog belonged to student Theodora Wigham Richardson ( St. Hilda's 1900) and outlines to Miss Burrows his qualities deserving of residence in the Hall:

"I am only a little fellow but I will do anything I can to serve you. I will carry anything you want me to (that I can carry) and I will protect any of your things from thieves like I do my mistresse's bicycle."

No record exists detailing whether Beeto was allowed to stay but it would be nice to think that this appealing letter gave the principal paws for thought.

[Ref: BURR 036/4]


Letter to the Principal (from a dog!)