Alumni get together for Homecoming Weekend

We were delighted to finally welcome back our Alumni to the College for a drinks reception at London House on Friday 10 September 2021, which kicked off our second Homecoming Weekend.

Whilst the majority of the programme was virtual again this year, it was wonderful to be able to meet in-person and chat with old and new friends.  Director of the College, Alice Walpole said “This was my first chance to meet so many members of the Alumni community all together and was great opportunity for some really interesting conversations and stories of College life”

This rest of the Homecoming Weekend which delivered a range of virtual events across different time zones was designed to connect with and celebrate our diverse and international Alumni community.

The programme included four great talks – the first by author Francesca Wade’s about her excellent book ‘Square Haunting’ featuring the lives of five intellectuals living and working around Mecklenburgh Square between the wars. For those who have not read the book, it is a real treat for anyone who knows and loves this corner of London.

We also heard from Fellow Dr John Snelson, who give a fascinating insight into the role community plays in opera and Professor Rodrigo Olivares-Carminal, who give an interactive and personal tour of contemporary post war abstract and optical art pieces from his own private collection.  Thank you also to our friends on the Australian Alumni committee, who organised and hosted a talk by Brand Tasmania, Handmark Gallery Director and Alumna of the College, Allanah Dopson.

As part of the weekend, Alumni were invited to join the registrar, Caroline Persaud, live via Facebook as she toured parts of the College and spoke to some current Members about life at Goodenough and their plans for the future.   And finally, there was an informal session on our new Alumni online community site Goodenough Global which we hope to do more of in the months to come.

A big thank you to everyone who took part in our Alumni Homecoming Weekend this year  – whether you joined us virtually or attended the reception at College, and especially to our all our speakers who volunteered their time and provided some really interesting content for the programme.

We will continue to bring you virtual and in-person Alumni and College events, so do keep an eye on the Alumni diary for the latest information.  And if you are interested in delivering a virtual talk, panel discussion or event, please email Melissa Morley at