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Upcoming events

The Bedford Society organises lectures, meeting and reunions throughout the year. Further event information will be added here as new events are organised and all members of the Society are eligible and invited to attend. 

This page lists events organised solely by the Bedford Society for alumni and former staff members of Bedford College. For other events, please see the Royal Holloway and Bedford New College events pages.

For environmental reasons and to reduce costs, invitations to Society events are sent via email. Please let the Alumni Relations Team know if you would like to be added to our invitation list.


Writing, Women, Suffrage: Bedford Square - Saturday 17 March 2018

Writing, Women, Suffrage: Bedford Square
Saturday 17 March 10am-5pm, 11 Bedford Square

A one-day workshop remembering the place of Bedford College in making the achievement of women’s suffrage and women’s wider involvement in politics and civic life a possibility and reflecting on women, writing, and politics now.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Rosemary Ashton, OBE, FRSL, FBA; Deborah Levy FRSL. Activities include banner making and a commemorative walk around Bedford Square.

This event is free but booking is essential as spaces are limited - please book your place online.

Follow our collaborative research, student projects, and banner making in process via womensuffragewritingbedfordsquare.wordpress.com

If you would like to nominate a Bedford College alumna to be commemorated on our project banners please email your suggestion to ruth.livesey@rhul.ac.uk. This event is part of #vote100atRH and the Runnymede Literary Festival.

Bedford Society tea before the Fawcett Lecture - Tuesday 20 March 2018

Join us for tea and coffee in the Bedford Room at 11 Bedford Square in advance of the Fawcett Lecture on Tuesday 20 March.

Date and time: Tuesday 20 March, 4.30pm-6pm
Venue: Bedford Room, 11 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RF
Admission is free but booking is essential as spaces are limited - please email alumni@rhbnc.ac.uk if you will be attending.

The Fawcett Lecture starts at 6.30pm and is taking place at Beveridge Hall, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Please ensure you register to attend the Fawcett Lecture separately online.

Bedford languages reunion - Saturday 28 April 2018 

Jennifer Glastonbury (Bedford College 1966-69, French with German), is organising a reunion for languages alumni and staff from Bedford College on Saturday 28 April.

Date and time: Saturday 28 April 2018, 1.30pm-4.30pm
Venue: Bedford Room, 11 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RF
Tickets: £20 to include a buffet lunch with wine and soft drinks

Book your place online >

'First Ladies' - Sunday 14 October 2018

Join us in the Regent's Park home of Bedford College for this Bedford Society event where speakers - including a Bedford scholar -  will explore the long-term effect on the lives of professional women of the Representation of the People Act (1918) and the Sex Disqualification Removal Act (1919). Areas to be covered will include - amongst others - law, accountancy, diplomacy, scientific enquiry and exploration.

There will be time for questions and discussion, as well as time to meet and greet each other over tea.

Date and time: Sunday 14 October 2018, 2pm-5.30pm
Venue: Regent's University, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1 4NS
Tickets: £25 to include tea and a selection of cakes

We have a limited number of places which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please book your place online now >

Conference drinks reception and dinner - Wednesday 13 June 2018

Education, College Women and Suffrage: International Perspectives conference evening drinks reception and dinner
Wednesday 13 June 2018, evening (time tbc)
The Picture Gallery, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, Egham, TW20 0EX

The interdisciplinary Education, College Women and Suffrage: International Perspectives conference (13-14 June 2018), is a commemoration of suffrage bringing together renowned speakers, researchers, students, teachers and archivists to explore the links between education and suffrage campaigns, and highlight the roles of college women in them.

On the evening of Wednesday 13 June, Bedford College alumni are warmly invited to attend an evening drinks reception in the Picture Gallery (free of charge) followed by dinner (at an additional cost). Alumni are also welcome to attend the conference plenary sessions.

Find out more and book your place online >




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