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William of Durham Day 2022

The annual William of Durham Club event took place on 21 May, an occasion at which we recognise those members of Univ who have pledged a legacy to the College, and those who are considering this special form of giving.

Baroness Amos, Master, provided an update on the College, followed by an illustrated lecture on Manuscripts to Printed Books by Elizabeth Adams, College Librarian and Phil Burnett, Assistant Librarian. After the lecture, guests had an opportunity to view the exhibition, “Manuscripts to Printed Books”, which was curated by the College Library team specially for the William of Durham Club.

The event finished with a Celebration Champagne Afternoon Tea in Hall.

“Please convey our thanks to the team in the Development Office and all who contributed to a lovely afternoon at Univ. It was instructive, interesting and fun: an on-going tribute to the special place that is Univ and its family caring atmosphere.”
– Tony Houghton (1969, Plant Sciences) and Heather Houghton

Elderly man smiling gesturing at Main Quad

Dr Tom Houston (1949, Modern Languages)

“This reunion seemed to me more satisfying than others because the Librarian, having ascended by lift to Alington and Butler, touched William gently with doodles*… The tea party was also more civil than our festivity in 1949 which relied on ‘champagne cider’ at Bostar Hall.” – Dr Tom Houston (1949, Modern Languages)

*a reference to the quirky marginalia in Amrosius Speira’s Quadragesimale de floribus sapientiae (or “Lenten flowers of wisdom”) on display in the exhibition, “Manuscripts to Printed Books”, curated specially for the William of Durham event by members of the Univ Library team.

Published: 23 June 2022

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