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The Bedford Society has organised and promoted several successful events since its inaugural lecture and reunion in April 2013.

Here you will see the listings and summaries of previous events, along with any photographs and videos where possible. If you would like to submit your photographs to be published here, please send them to alumni@rhbnc.ac.uk

An Evening with Maggs Bros, 48 Bedford Square - 10 October 2017

Words by Enid Hunt (née Fairhurst), History 1963

On 10th October I was privileged to join a group of 50 alumni in the splendid first floor library of the building that was the original home of Bedford College. We enjoyed drinks and nibbles, kindly provided by our hosts, Maggs Bros, before hearing about the early history of the building and its current use.

We were welcomed by Ed Maggs, managing director of Maggs Bross, who explained that his company had spent a year restoring the building, which they had occupied for the past six months. His family had an interesting connection with the area as one of his forebears, Uriah Maggs, had been a footman at 38 Gower Street at the time when Bedford College was housed in Bedford Square.

Enid Light told us the story of the green plaque which adorns the front of the building, recording the foundation of the College by Mrs Elizabeth [sic] Jesser Reid in 1849.  This was put up as recently as 2001.  The 150th anniversary had highlighted the fact that no such commemorative plaque existed. She explained that in October 1849, when the College opened, the building, now 48 Bedford Square, was numbered 47.

Following on, Caroline Barron and Claire Daunton gave a talk about the building and its early history, illustrated by Mrs Reid’s correspondence in the College archives and the Bedford estate archives. We were shown head leases from 1777, 1855 and 1877 which prohibited the use of the building for commercial or institutional purposes; fortunately the College was given special exemption by the Duke of Bedford.  The correspondence includes a letter from Elizabeth Bostock, a trustee, concerning furnishing and repairs in 1862, following the acquisition of the adjacent building. There is a lot in the correspondence about the education of women (Jane Martineau, a trustee, was the sister of Harriet).

Finally, Robert Harding of Maggs Bros introduced Michael Boulter, who told us about his recently published book Bloomsbury Scientists. This is dedicated to Bill Chaloner, his former PhD supervisor at UCL, and from 1979 chair of Botany at Bedford College.

Altogether it was a very convivial and informative evening. I learnt much about the early history of the College, and it is reassuring to know that 48 Bedford Square is in the good hands of Maggs Bros who have restored the building so sympathetically. Many thanks to them for their generous hospitality, which has enabled all proceeds from this event to go to the Bedford Society Scholarship Fund.  Also a huge thank you to Caroline and Claire for telling the story of the building, and for the work they have done in researching the archives.

Professor Ann Oakley talk - 23 March 2017

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On Thursday 23 March, Professor Ann Oakley, herself a Bedford college alumna, spoke about her biography of Barbara Wootton, A Critical Woman. Barbara Wootton was long-lived (as ruefully observed by her biographer), a member of staff at Bedford College from 1921 to 1952 and, as we learned, a highly active public figure in the twentieth century.

I have to confess that I used notice of this talk as an excuse to arrange a mini-reunion with some fellow old Bedfordians (1972 graduates). Thus it was that a psychologist, a botanist and two zoologists found themselves at a sociology talk last week. Maybe outside our everyday comfort zones, but the talk was interesting and informative and provided an evening of insights.

These were, obviously, insights into Barbara Wootton herself. She became a life-long pacifist after her first husband, Jack Wootton, died at Passchendaele after 3 weeks of marriage. She achieved many ‘firsts’ -  the first woman to give lectures at Cambridge University, the first to be a member of a national policy commission, the first to become a life peer in the House of Lords, where she became deputy speaker in 1965. She was, apparently, inordinately fond of donkeys, even writing an article about their love of peppermint creams for Donkey magazine.

There was Barbara Wootton the politician – she championed the bill to abolish capital punishment in the House of Lords Lords and on to the statute book. There were two Wootton Reports; one, on cannabis, published in 1968, and one on alternatives to prison, published in 1970. As a result of this latter report, community service orders were introduced into Britain for the first time.

There was Barbara Wootton the academic, founding the British Sociological Association with Ann Oakley’s father, Richard Titmuss.  She is hailed as the founder of evidence-based social policy and set up higher education’s first social policy research unit at Bedford College. Made a professor in 1948, she then had to resign her chair to take up some disputed grant funding. Ann Oakley described Bedford as a mixed blessing for Barbara Wootton and there was the impression that she was treated as something of a second-class citizen, perhaps because sociology was not viewed as a traditional classical discipline. She was (rather belatedly, I think!) made an Honorary Fellow of Bedford College in 1970, and fought hard in the 1980s to save the Regent’s Park site (we should have a portrait at 11 Bedford Square!).

During questions at the end, Ann Oakley suggested that Barbara Wootton has largely been forgotten because she was ahead of her time, an early multidisciplinary academic. Asked if perhaps Baroness Wotton had spread herself too thinly over different arenas, the response: “no, she spread herself thickly over so many areas” was the quote of the evening for me!

My first time at 11 Bedford Square was a real pleasure – good food, drink and company and a chance to hear one distinguished Bedford alumna talking about another.

Shirley Williams talk and discussion - 31 October 2016

Submitted by Jenny Rudge (née Shortall), History 1974

A group of Bedford College and Somerville College alumni gathered at Bedford Square on 31 October 2016 to listen to Baroness Shirley Williams (alumna of Somerville) outline her thoughts about post Brexit UK politics.

The Bedfordians were delighted to hear her warm words on the College and her first husband's perspective as Professor of Philosophy there, especially the students’ enthusiasm and excitement to be able to participate in higher education, many of whom were the first in their families to do so.

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We were privileged to experience her breadth and clarity of thinking and sharp analysis of many of the players in this arena, from Ted Heath and Harold Wilson who, both in their own particular way, facilitated our being part of the European Economic Community (EEC) to the failed campaign of David Cameron. She expressed specific regret over the ‘Remain’ campaign’s refusal to accept her offer to organise public debate featuring experienced cross party politicians, such as Kenneth Clarke, Alan Johnson and herself. The British people on such occasions, frequently gain clarity and reassurance from voices that put the country's interest before other activities and she argued that this omission was one of several that pointed to the misplaced confidence by David Cameron that his leadership of the campaign would win the day - as he believed it did with the Scottish referendum. Shirley firmly believed that the late intervention by Gordon Brown was the crucial turning point of the latter.

Running alongside all of this, Shirley reflected on various themes leading to the result including the crisis within many Western democracies, the nature of the split in political parties not just in the UK, but also the USA and elsewhere and the feeling in many populations that they are not listened to. Thus, the referendum provided these dislocated communities an opportunity to express their previously unheard voices.

Broadening out the many concerns and looking to the future, Shirley rued the imminent loss of the UK having an influential place within international arena as provided by membership of the EU. This is a significant concern in a world where men of increasing ‘muscularity’ are gaining positions of influence on the international scene such as Putin. She considered it unlikely that the UK could continue important work such as that at the last climate change conference in Paris. Indeed further splits could occur with calls for independence in Scotland, thus weakening our international influence further.

Shirley then asked the audience to consider 3 main issues;

  • Is Prime Minister May right to keep the negotiation under her control, should she open up the process and allow MPs to vote on the arrangements relating to article 50?
  • What should the U.K. be outside of the EU, as a military power and in the broadest context of its political reach and remit? NATO and Donald Trump's business plans for it were touched upon.
  • Did we regard the referendum result as sacred?

A lively and very well informed debate ensued. Whilst there was respect for the democratic decision of the voters, informed or not, it was regretted that the nature of the referendum was not properly developed prior to the vote due to the (now obviously misplaced) view that David Cameron would win. Points were made including that simple majority referenda are normally only advisory and that full and open cross party support was absent unlike in previous European votes. It was considered that a balance is needed between Mrs May being more transparent and allowing her to negotiate a very clever deal. Concerns were expressed that those who were not beneficiaries of the global and digital economies would continue to be left behind and the vote introduces threat to international cooperation and funding that HE and its important research depends upon so much.

The lack of significant scrutiny of the Brexit process was raised which was not aided by the state of the Labour party. This was considered to have led to missing the benefits of inter party cooperation that could have secured a better outcome.

This was an excellent evening, we were privileged to listen to Shirley's experience, keen logic, robust argument and the importance of putting the needs of people, peace and prosperity for all, at the forefront of political life.

Principal's Celebration - 5 July 2016

More than 40 supporters gathered at 11 Bedford Square, the College’s central London base, this week for the Principal’s Celebration to celebrate and thank Bedford Society members, alumni and friends who have contributed to the College’s success during this academic year.

Guests included donors, legacy pledgers, volunteers and staff members from across the College who enjoyed a drinks reception in the beautiful five-storey, Grade I-listed Georgian building. The reception was hosted by the Principal, Professor Paul Layzell, who highlighted some of the many ways in which Bedford College alumni had supported the College over the past year, including making gifts towards the Bedford Society Scholarship Fund and the refurbishment of 11 Bedford Square.

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The Bedford Society raised over £70,000 for the refurbishment of the premises which was restored to its former glory and formally re-opened in December 2015. The building includes a shared common room, named the Bedford Room where alumni, staff and other visitors can meet with one another for mutual benefit. The arrangements for visiting or for booking the Bedford Room for reunions, meetings or alumni gatherings are available on the Bedford Society webpages.

Professor Layzell also took the opportunity to thank the alumni who serve on the Bedford Society Committee, particularly Professor Caroline Barron, who has recently stepped down as Chair after three years’ service, as well as her successor, Dr Claire Gobbi Daunton.

The Development and Alumni Relations team provided all guests with a copy of the Year End Review for supporters, further celebrating the initiatives and projects which have been made possible thanks to our generous donors and volunteers.

Please visit the Alumni and Giving webpages for more information about the various ways in which you can support the College. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of the College this year. 

To see all the photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.

Herringham Collection Presentation - 19 June 2016



On Sunday 19 June 2016, some 60 Bedford alumni and guests returned to their former home in Regent’s Park, now the much spruced up Regent’s University, to hear a fascinating lecture by Michaela Jones about Christiana Herringham’s life and art collection. Michaela received a Bedford Scholarship - the aptly named Herringham Scholarship - while studying for her Masters degree and this has now been extended to enable her to pursue a PhD focusing on the artist’s life and works.

The Herringham name is known to us through the Herringham building in Regents Park and the Herringham Collection in the Picture Gallery at Egham. But the name is that of her husband Sir Wilmot Herringham, an eminent physician who was Chair of the Council of Bedford College from 1920 to 1936 and who donated most of Christiana’s art collection to the College after her death, the remainder going to Newnham College, Cambridge. The remarkable life of Christiana herself is only now emerging from the shadows, stimulated by the “rediscovery” in 2014 by our College Curator of a portfolio of her paintings and photograph albums and an even more recently “rediscovered” collection of paintings and artefacts in Newnham College.

Christiana was a pioneer on many fronts. She was a talented and respected artist, despite giving up what little formal training she had to look after her 8 siblings on her mother’s death. She believed strongly that works of art should be accessible to the public, which led her to make numerous tempura copies of works by Renaissance artists, and to help  establish the National Art Collections Fund - now the National Art Fund with over 100,000 members. She supported other women artists by commissioning and purchasing their works and she made history in 1922 when she became the first woman Associate of the Royal Academy for 150 years.

She was active in the women’s suffrage movement, campaigning mainly through lawful channels such as petitions and newspapers rather than joining more militant activities. She was also very practical: for example she was a Director of the Ladies’ Residential Chambers Company which provided respectable accommodation for women who were taking up the new professional jobs opening up to them, and she embroidered some of the suffrage banners herself.

Christiana was able to take advantage of the newly developed travel industry to visit, and fall in love with, India. Here she pursued her most adventurous project, copying the neglected Buddhist wall paintings in the Caves of Ajanta and displaying them, to surprised acclaim, at the Crystal Palace Festival of Empire in 1911.

 So how did such a talented, recognised and well married person, disappear from view? Unfortunately on her return from India she began to suffer from “paranoid delusions”, and was quickly institutionalised for 18 years until her death 1929. One wonders how different her ending might have been with modern diagnosis and treatment.

There is much more to research about the provenance of both Colleges’ collections and about Christiana herself. We will follow this intriguing detective story with interest; and meanwhile Christiana rightfully has her own room named after her at 11 Bedford Square.

James Dixon, Christiana’s great great nephew, gave the note of thanks. He underlined how her life was a microcosm of Victorian society - the constraints on women but also the emerging opportunities for those confident and fortunate enough to embrace them, and how much depended on who you were and who you knew.

The lecture was followed by tea and cakes and animated conversations. Tours of the College buildings, led by current students, prompted hazy and sometimes conflicting memories. Was the brasserie formally the Post Graduate Common room? (Yes) Were the Refectory walls always decorated with those striking art deco designs? (No) What was there before the beautiful secret garden was created? (Gardener’s shed, veggie patch and general undergrowth seemed the consensus).

A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon with warmest thanks to Michaela, the organisers Marta and Sue, the Bedford Society and Regent’s University.

Dinah Nichols
Bedford Society Committee Member

Bedford History Reunion - June 2016

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On a balmy June afternoon, after a busy day teaching in Harlow, I travelled into London with some anticipation to see the new 'pad' for us old Bedfordians. It was my first visit to 11 Bedford Square, and I was not to be disappointed. A warm welcome awaited all of us, with organisers Claire Daunton and Caroline Barron rushing around to ensure that we were all duly fed and watered. The rooms quickly filled up and the noise level rose as old friendships were renewed and memories shared. I must say the turn out from my peers, the class of '74, was excellent. Professors Thompson and Lawrence were in fine form, and dapper as ever. And due respect for them means they can only ever be 'Professors' to me, despite having been a teacher myself now for 40 years! Joe Crook and Penny Corfield looked fabulous - as only Penny could. And Caroline Barron spoke as eloquently as ever about her pride in our new London venue and of her gratitude that the alumni had rallied so effectively to support such an ambitious project. I for one am very excited to know that we have our very own London base for catching up, some consolation indeed to us historians for losing our beloved Bute house in the magical inner circle of Regents Park. I would like to thank Claire and Caroline for their hard work in organising such a successful event. The buffet was delicious. And I loved the Suffragette inspired colour scheme of the flowers. We came from far and wide and everyone left with a smile on their face and a determination to return very soon. 

What a special place Bedford College was!

Marie Erwood MBE 1971-1974.

To see all the photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.

Herringham Collection Viewing - 19 April 2015

All members of the Bedford Society will be well familiar with the name of ‘Herringham’, not least because it lent itself to one of the largest buildings on the Regent’s Park campus. Indeed, even today the name endures at the new Regent’s University, where Herringham Hall is in active use.

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Who was, or rather, who were the Herringhams? In the context of the day’s events, the spotlight fell very much on Christiana, Lady Herringham (née Powell), but of considerable importance was her husband, Sir Wilmot. Both have entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Whilst a solitary portrait of Sir Wilmot is to be found at Egham, where the Bedford Society held its first formal function since it was formed, items from (Christiana’s) Herringham Collection are widely dispersed around the College, having initially been lent to Bedford College during the Great War and then gifted upon her death in 1929, aged 77. This substantial art collection reflects the wide variety of her skills, and in a fascinating hour-long talk the Curator, Dr Laura MacCulloch, contrasted the esteem with which she was held in Edwardian times, most especially, with the shadows in which her reputation has been obscured in more recent days.

Not for much longer, Laura promised. In recent days, Laura has alighted upon over 120 sketches, drawings and watercolours, together with photographs of her travels to India, which had been languishing unnoticed in the Rare Books section of the Founder’s Library. What a discovery! Much work now needs to be done in photographing, conserving and cataloguing these items (for which funding is required) before a major exhibition is launched in the new Bedford Library, in 2018. In this task, Laura will be assisted by Michaela Jones, currently an MA Herringham Scholar.

It is entirely appropriate that such an exhibition should be held in a former Women’s college. For Christiana herself displayed an enduring interest in the rights of women, passionate about their education, generous with her money in awarding scholarships at Newnham College, Cambridge, supportive of the aims of the suffragettes, and enthusiastic about the construction of flats to provide professional women with a respectable place to live.

Christiana moved in a circle of like-minded women, and alluded in particular to Millicent Fawcett, and the Garrett family, Rhoda and Agnes especially. But art was to be her main preoccupation in later life. Her early participation in life classes, at a time when female students received little recognition in this field, demonstrated her determination to succeed, often as a copyist, but also pioneering the revival in the use of tempera paint. In 1901 she co-founded the Society of Painters in Tempera.

Even more significantly in 1903, alongside D.S. MacColl and Roger Fry, she founded the National Art Collections Fund, now known as the Art Fund, to help museums and art galleries acquire important art works which might otherwise be sold abroad. In 1906 she travelled to India and became very active in copying the works of Buddhist monks in caves at Ajanta. These dated from the first to the sixth centuries AD, and were in a rapidly decaying condition. The formation of the India Society followed in 1907, and her final visit to India was in 1911.

Sadly and unexpectedly, life suddenly took a serious turn for the worse. Having already lost one of two children to rheumatoid arthritis at the age of nine, and tormented by irrational and untreatable fears, she spent the rest of her life in institutions. Her second child, also a son, was killed in the Great War.

After this melodramatic conclusion, we were then entertained to a buffet lunch in the foyer of the Windsor Building before splitting into smaller groups to be shown exhibits in the Founder’s Library, view the Picture Gallery, and have a brief tour of Founder’s Building before afternoon tea and departure home.

James Dixon (MA Modern History: Power, Culture & Society, 2005)

To see some of the pictures from this collection, please click here to be taken to an external website.

What Bedford College Did For Me Symposium - 21 March 2015

 

What did Bedford College do for us? The simple answer is that it changed our lives. This was the overwhelming message from the inspiring and entertaining contributors and the audience of over 100 alumni who assembled for the Symposium.

The five speakers who shared their experiences covered life at the College from the 1940s to the 1980s. They described a period of great change and transition. The 1940s and 50s were austere; there was rationing and strict rules for behaviour and dress. It was a time when a science student who appeared in the lab in trousers would be sent away to get properly dressed. The swinging sixties provided smoke filled common rooms and a chain smoking lecturer and the 70s student protest with the occupation of college buildings. Finally the 80s was when the last intake of students at Regent’s Park graduated.

Whilst there was much which changed over this period, common themes resonated to highlight what was so special at Bedford College.

The beauty and grace of the grounds contributed to it being a special place. The academic environment was created by inspirational and hardworking staff who cared about their students as individuals and who nurtured a love of learning and a way of thinking which one speaker described as 'giving me more room in my mind'.

Education came not just from the courses but from meeting new people from different backgrounds and from late night discussions in halls of residence, or in the students’ union bar (sometimes followed by a dark obstacle course across the park). Finding a way round the rules of the warden bred initiative to ensure attendance at the late night UCL Ball. It was exciting to live in London within walking distance of London’s theatres and museums – and a buzzing 60s Soho.

Friendships, particularly the importance of female camaraderie, before the admission of male students in 1965, played a part in giving women confidence and self-belief not sullied by any notion of there being inequality. Bedford’s role as the provider of a first class education for women has continued.  

We were reminded by Dr Charlie Lee-Potter that the ethos of Bedford still exists; not least in the Bedford Scholarships. Proof of their value was brought home by the difference such a scholarship made to the studies, described by Lisa Saunders who gained a distinction for her Masters in 2014. Cushioned by the finance, she was able to focus on her studies and gain access to crucial additional resources; it made all the difference.

So, as well as an opportunity to meet up with old friends, to reminisce over our shared experience, it also provided us with food for thought about how we can help to secure a future for the essence of Bedford College.

Maggie Bolton nee Weymouth (History, 1974)
Teresa McNamara (History, 1974)

11 Bedford Square Open House Event - 3 December 2014

On 3 December 2014, we held an Open House Evening at RHBNC's London base, 11 Bedford Square. Due to be renovated over the summer of 2015, around 130 members of the Bedford Society gathered to see the building before refurbishment  work starts in March 2015.

The Open House proved a successful opportunity for members of The Bedford Society to meet, see the architect’s plans and the vision for the building. The plans include the creation of an alumni common room where Bedford Society members will be able to meet each other or hold events there from autumn 2015.

Meg at Bedford College by Dr Deirdre Palk - 5 February 2014

Despite the gale and the tube strike, around 60 members of the Bedford Society met at the University Women’s Club in London on 5th February 2014 to hear Dr Deirdre Palk, RHBNC History alumna, give a fascinating, insightful and often humorous account of a series of love letters written by Meg Smith to Charles Jones in the late 1930s. The letters were written whilst Meg was a chemistry student at Bedford College which at that time had the highest intake of female chemistry students of any British University. She resided in Bedford House (now Lindsell Hall) and exceptionally achieved both her BSc and MSc in three years (1933 -36).  Charles was a pork butcher in Luton, her home town.

The letters describe Meg’s longing for her boyfriend but also recount her university studies and other day to day activities, such as her love of sport, (particularly netball and the gym); going out with friends and to the cinema (‘Come out of the Pantry’ being one notable title!); listening to radio plays and concerts; reading; occasional shopping trips; and supporting Luton Town Football Club. Only rarely and briefly do they touch on the great issues of the day – the possibility of war with Germany and the abdication of Edward VIII, for example.  Meg worked long and hard at her degrees and sometimes wrote her letters whilst conducting experiments which she described in detail, often setting out chemical formulae and diagrams as well as telling Charles what materials she was using or trying to create.  She loved her research, which was funded by a scholarship from her County Council, a bursary from ICI and probably Charles also, but her main ambition (as with all her friends) was to get married. Her parents were not so keen and this caused rows with her mother: whether because her parents thought she could do better than Charles or because they felt she should make better use of her exceptional qualifications, is not clear.

Meg taught in Edinburgh and Ashstead before finally getting married to Charles in 1938 and starting her family in 1942. She died of a brain haemorrhage in 1958 at the age of 43. Charles died aged 79 in 1989.

Meg’s letters survived but not Charles’s.  The 175 letters were sold at a London auction for £20 in 2012, and were bought by a voluntary healthcare organisation as a therapeutic research project. Not only did those involved in the project delve into Meg’s history and background but they also contacted members of her family and staged an exhibition about her. Deirdre was asked to help and discovered the wealth of material which the letters provide as a precious snapshot of ordinary as well as university life for women in that era. Deirdre’s talk provoked a lively and interesting debate focussing particularly on how expectations for women have changed since the 1930s and providing an opportunity for Society members to describe their own experiences.

This was the first time I had been able to attend a Society event and it was truly excellent– there was a real buzz created by Deirdre’s talk. We finished off the evening with a superb meal and this provided a further opportunity to swap more stories and meet new people. My thanks to everyone who helped to make it such a memorable evening.

Pat Crowson
(BA (Hons) History 1973

Read Dr Palk's transcript of the evening

100 Years of Education in Regent's Park - 2 December 2013

On 2 December, Nicholas Bowen, author of the celebratory book, '100 Years of Education in Regent's Park', reflected on the past century in the Inner Circle campus in Regent’s Park.

There was a special introductory talk, followed by a reception.

The lavishly illustrated book with contributions from staff and students across the years is available from this online store for £25.

Prof Mordaunt Crook Lecture 'Bedford College in Regents Park' - Sept 2013

ProfCrookThe evening of Professor Crook’s talk was laced with nostalgia as Bedfordians visited the scenes of their youth. There were tours of the buildings and the tour de force – Joe’s lecture. He concentrated on John Nash’s Regent’s Park, the evolution of the plan and the architecture of the terraces and villas: ‘posthumously Palladian’ or ‘Hollywood baroque’? There were surprises such as the influence of Prime Minister Spencer Perceval, the inspiration Nash drew from Paris and the bleak image of the Inner Circle as a coal depot in 1942.

It was thirty-two years since Professor Crook (he arrived at Bedford College as a Tutorial Research Fellow in 1962 and   is currently Professor Emeritus of Architectural History at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College) had given a lecture in that theatre. How fitting it was that he returned to delight the Bedford Society with all his customary wit and sophistication.  

Penelope Hunting
BA (Hons) history 1969, PhD Architectural History 1979.
Prof Joe Crook photo courtesy of Ann Fitton, History 1974.

Unveiling of Regents University - June 2013

A celebratory event to mark Regent’s College becoming Regent’s University London, as well as 100 years of education on the site. Essentially the day was an opportunity for alumni and friends of Bedford College to revisit the grounds and share with the new University another historic moment in their history – the achievement of University status.

The Bedford Society Inaugural Lecture and Reunion - April 2013

Alumni and former staff of Bedford College, 500 Bedfordians in all, met in Senate House's Beveridge and Macmillan Halls on 23rd April for a reunion and lecture, which marked the official launch of The Bedford Society. The day commenced in the Macmillan Hall where the College Archivist and Curator presented a pictorial display.

 

  
 
 
 

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