Alumni Diary

As you will remember from your time as a Member there is always a wealth of activity going on at the College.

Below you can find listed some of the upcoming events that are also open to Alumni, giving you the perfect reason to come and spend an evening at the College. Don’t forget that you also benefit from an exclusive discount on catering in the Great Hall and Freddie’s so why not enjoy a meal at the College before going along to an event? You can find full details of how to access your discounts and other benefits here.

If you wish to attend any of the events listed below, please email us at 

Poetry Soiree - 16th October, 19:00-21:00, London House, Churchill Room.

Distinguished College Alumni and poets Mary Jean Chan and Audrey Ardern-Jones host an evening of refined poetry in the Churchill Room. 

Bloomsbury Festival - An Evening with Zachary Macaulay - 19th October, 17:45-20:00pm, St George's Gardens and William Goodenough House, Large Common Room.

Zachary Macaulay (1768-1838) was a noted anti-slavery crusader. He is remembered in Westminster Abbey but is hardly known in Bloomsbury where he lived towards the end of his life. This year’s Bloomsbury Festival is a chance to celebrate one of Bloomsbury’s most important activists. Zachary campaigned for decades to free 800,000 slaves in Britain’s colonies. On this evening a memorial to him will be unveiled in St Georges Garden (located in the back of WGH) then a reception will be held, along with a discussion on Modern Slavery led by Ryna Shizari. This event is held in conjunction with the Friends of St George's Gardens and the Bloomsbury Festival.

Bloomsbury Festival - Pioneers of Child Welfare - The Story of the Foundling and Great Ormond Street Hospitals - 21st October, 13:30-14:30, London House, Churchill Room

Both the Foundling Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital were pioneering projects which changed attitudes and practical solutions for the welfare of children in London. This talk by local resident and author, Alec Forshaw tells their story and explains how they became embedded into the life and fabric of Bloomsbury, and continue to be to the present day. This is a free event but pre-booking is recommended:

Bloomsbury Festival- Goodensemble Concert – 21st October, 19:30-21:00, The Principal Hotel Ballroom, Russell Square

Come and hear the College orchestra- new players always welcome! This Finale Concert will take place in the fabulous new Principal Hotel at Russell Square.
To book please click on this link:

Tickets are available from the Bloomsbury Festival. Includes a free glass of champagne at the Gala Concert. For a discounted ticket of £6 type in the discount code box: GOOD6

FANZA Concert - An Evening of Operatic Arias - 23 October, 19:30-21:30, London House, Great Hall.

 Join us for a feast of magical music beautifully performed. This event, in association with the Foundation of Australian and New Zealand Artists (FANZA) is a rare opportunity to hear your favourite arias and pieces of music performed by exceptionally talented singers and musicians, some of whom are College Alumni. FANZA has secured an appearance by the acclaimed young New Zealand pianist Bradley Wood and nine award-winning operatic stars. Not to be missed!
Tickets (which include wine at the interval) are £25. To book please click on the link below: 

Port Talk: Key Trends in Russian Foreign Policy & Military Power in the 21st Century- 24 October, 20:15-21:30, London House, Great Hall.

Join us for a Port Talk given by Dr Mathieu Boulègue of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Having trained as a policy and security analyst in the field of post-Soviet affairs, Dr Boulègue regularly publishes articles and papers on Eurasian security and foreign policy questions. He is a frequent invited speaker at conferences and events around the world.

Port Talk: Business - 25 October, 20:15-21:30, London House, Churchill Room.

College Governor and Businesswoman Connie Jackson talks about her career and offers pointers to budding young entrepreneurs.

Port Talk: Can Electoral Reform save the Mother of all Parliaments? 30 October, 20:00-21:30, London House, Churchill Room.

Darren Hughes, the Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society examines the future of the UK Parliament.

Port Talk: Migrant Women’s Rights under Hostile Environment - 5th November, 20:00-21:30, London House, Churchill Room.

Join us for a talk by Illary Valenzuela Oblitas, the Violence Against Women and Girls Policy Coordinator at the Latin American Women's Rights Service (LAWRS). This organisation is a user-led, feminist and human rights organisation focused on addressing the needs of Latin American migrant women displaced by poverty and violence. Illary focusses on coordinating the #StepUpMigrantWomen campaign in coalition with 30 women's organisations. The campaign's aim is to highlight the right of BME migrant women to live free of abuse and violence, particularly women with insecure immigration status.

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