Discover the programme of online events that brings the best of Somerville live to your laptop.

The ‘Somerville at Home’ series was launched in April 2020 to help our community come together during the first months of the pandemic.

It has proved to have a value far beyond its original purpose. Offering a range of online panel discussions, lectures, choral contemplations and uplifting video updates, it serves today as a vibrant means of reflecting the endless variety of life within our College.

From hosting discussions on decolonialising the Oxford curriculum to celebrating the centenary of Oxford degrees for women, from a carol service at Christmas to hard-hitting discussions about the fate of refugees: Somerville at Home has something to offer every Somervillian and friend of the College.


View the Season One archive

View the Season Two archive

View the Season Three archive


Somervillians Respond to Somerville at Home:


“I just listened to Jan Royall’s digital update and wanted to say a big thank you for the ‘Somerville at Home’ series. It’s so important to feel part of a wider community at times like this.”

Elaine Clements (1977, Jurisprudence)


“Thank you so much for setting up the garden tour with Sophie today. My husband and I both felt like we had escaped lockdown and been out and about!”

Kathy Fricker (1969, History)


“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Jan’s interview with Esther Rantzen, which really cheered me up and gave me food for thought. Quote of the interview: ‘Being busy is not the same as living’.  Thank you, Esther and Somerville!”

Ruth Rostron (1964, English)


“Just a quick note to say how excited I am about this new digital approach. I live in a remote part of the South Island of New Zealand, so this is perfect for me! Many thanks and long may it continue beyond the horrors of COVID-19. Kia kaha.”

Michelle Morss (1997, History)