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Somerville is justifiably proud of its elegant and spacious library which boasts a collection of around 120,000 items (around 100,000 on open access), one of the largest undergraduate College libraries in the University. It was built in 1903 (Architect Basil Champneys) and occupies the entire north side of the Main Quad. Benefactors to the library over the years have included John Stuart Mill's family, John Ruskin, Egyptologist Amelia Edwards, Vera Brittain and many tutors and grateful students. The John Stuart Mill collection contains around 2,000 volumes of his own and his father’s books.

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9th February 2017

Announcement of new Principal at Somerville College

The Fellows of Somerville College are delighted to announce the election of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon as their next Principal, in succession to Dr Alice Prochaska, who will step down at the end of August 2017.

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8th February 2017

Record numbers at 2017 Supporters’ Lunch

On Saturday 4 February, close to 200 Somerville supporters were welcomed to the College for the annual Supporters’ Lunch – an event to thank our very generous alumni and friends.

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27th January 2017

Lalage Bown featured on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Chain’

Somerville alumna, Lalage Bown (Modern History, 1945) has been featured on the BBC Woman’s Hour interview series ‘The Chain’.

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September
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13th-14th September 2017

1967 50th Anniversary Reunion

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June
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24-25 June, 2017

Gaudy for Matric Years 2007-2013 (Principal’s Farewell Gaudy)

The Gaudy to be held on 24-25 June 2017 is for Matric Years 2007-2013.

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June 24th 2017

Somerville Maths Reunion

A reunion for those who studied mathematics and its joint schools.

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