Our Commemorative Biennium: two anniversaries in one celebratory period.

We have an exciting couple of years ahead:

  • 2020 is the 90th anniversary of the signing of the founding document for The Dominions Students' Hall Trust which is Goodenough College today.
  • 2021 is the 70th anniversary of the inauguration of the Lord Mayor’s National Fund for Thanksgiving which helped complete the foundation of the College through the building of William Goodenough House.

We have therefore combined these two major anniversaries into one celebratory period called the Commemorative Biennium. Taking place across two academic years to include both new cohorts of Members, it runs from Founders’ Day 3 October 2019, to Founders’ Day 4 October 2021. These milestones represent a fantastic opportunity to celebrate everything that makes Goodenough College so unique and special to our Members, Alumni and partners.

We’d love everyone to join in wherever possible.

We’ll be updating this page as we progress, with exciting updates and events. In the meantime:


Calling all Goodenough Alumni

We’re publishing 90 Stories over the Commemorative Biennium celebrations.

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Commemorative Biennium Programme of Events

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  • icon mortar boardMEMBERS
  • icon mortar boardALUMNI
  • icon mortar boardPUBLIC EVENT OPEN TO ALL
  • icon mortar boardINVITATION ONLY

90 for 90 Alumni Stories

Reliving Alumni stories and histories at Goodenough from around the Commonwealth and beyond. The stories are shared digitally and displayed around the College.

2020

Understanding the Great Religions

The College Members visit the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple to learn about Hindu religious practice.

Launch of Goodenough’s new five-year Strategic Plan 2020-2025

Brave Conversations Seminar

Fellow and Governor Anni Rowland-Campbell, Director of Intersticia, gathers College Members for personal and professional development.

Dean’s Invitational Lecture Series: The World 90 Years On

A sequence of special lectures by leading authorities in the Spring Term 2020, reflecting on how the world has changed in the past 90 years. Confirmed speakers include The Rt Hon the Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke, formerly Secretary of State for Scotland, and Sir Peter Marshall, formerly Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General.

President’s Seminar: On Sustainable Energy

Mr Graham Ward CBE, President of the Advisory Council, leads a Member Seminar on sustainable energy at Sizewell B.

International Women’s Day: Women of Faith Chapel Vigil

The College Chapel hosts a vigil celebrating women of faith through the centuries.

Commonwealth Day

A morning flag-raising ceremony prefaces the attendance of College Members at the Westminster Abbey Thanksgiving Service.

International Women’s Day: Special Lecture

Dr Elizabeth Kiss, Warden of Rhodes House, delivers a College Lecture for International Women’s Day.

Celebrating Women in Leadership in association with the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council

A panel of leading female voices from across the Commonwealth will explore how institutions, organisations and businesses can play a greater role in ensuring the next generation of Commonwealth leaders is more equitably balanced towards women.

Bloomsbury Opera: Die Zauberflöte

The College’s resident opera company stages two performances of Mozart’s masterpiece The Magic Flute.

We are Goodenough Commemorative Biennium Edition

The College’s online literary magazine launches its celebratory edition, with articles by Members, Alumni, Governors and Fellows.

Understanding the Great Religions

The College Members visit Ealing Abbey to learn about Christian religious practice.

Understanding the Great Religions

The College Members visit London Islamic Cultural Centre to learn about Islamic religious practice.

St Augustine’s Day

The College Chapel hosts its annual commemoration of its Feast of Title.

Bloomsbury Opera: Dido and Aeneas

The College’s resident opera company stages two performances of Purcell’s masterpiece.

Marking The Burn’s 70th Anniversary as an Academic Retreat

In marking this significant milestone, The Burn will be working closely with its member universities to stage talks, presentations and concerts to demonstrate the wide range of creativity and talent within the many visiting academic groups.

City Reception at The Mansion House

By invitation of The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, a representative gathering of College Members, Alumni, supporters and City luminaries.

Understanding the UK: Member Seminar in Scotland

A seminar exploring Scottish identity and politics in Edinburgh at The Burn.

Understanding the UK: Member Seminar in Northern Ireland

A seminar exploring the challenging realities of community identity and politics in Belfast and Enniskillen.

Charles Dickens 150th International Conference / Great Minds Partnership

College Members join many of the world’s great Dickens scholars at this anniversary conference.

Alumni Homecoming Weekend in College

The Registrar and the Dean coordinate a weekend of curated activity to welcome back any Alumni who wish to come.

Founders’ Day

A major city figure delivers an Oration on the 70th anniversary of the Lord Mayor’s National Fund for Thanksgiving.

Cumberland Lodge / Goodenough College Annual London Debate

Lord Mayor’s Show

College group styled in the manner of the 1950s to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Lord Mayor’s National Fund for Thanksgiving.

College Carol Service

A traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols, with choir and festal brass. At Holy Cross Church (the Goodenough family church) with readings and music from the 1950s.

2021

Dean’s Invitational Lecture Series

Four ‘in conversation’ events featuring public intellectuals as part of the Great Minds Partnership network.

A Commemorative Biennium Seminar

A seminar on ‘Contested Histories’, in association with the 21st Century Trust, at Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria, the home of Salzburg Global Seminar.

Commonwealth Day / International Women’s Day

St Augustine’s Day

The College Chapel hosts its annual commemoration of its Feast of Title.

Summer Commemorative Biennium Ball, Mecklenburgh Square Garden 2021

A Ball to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Lord Mayor’s National Fund for Thanksgiving, hosted in the Gardens.

Scottish Homecoming Weekend at The Burn

The Registrar and the Dean coordinate a weekend of curated activity to welcome back any Alumni who wish to come to our Scottish home.

Founders’ Day

The College’s Commemorative Biennium concludes.