Official opening of Ruskin College, Oxford

Walled garden

Brian Aldiss


Ruskin College in Headington was officially opened on Saturday 27 October 2012.


First the walled garden (above) was opened by Peter Thoday, presenter of The Victorian Kitchen Garden and former Horticultural Director of the Eden Project.





There were speeches and poems, including one by Brian Aldiss (right)




Next, the main college building was opened by Gordon Marsden, MP, Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills, and Regional Growth (below)

Main building being opened

Then the Callaghan Library was opened by Baroness Jay of Paddington, the daughter of the late Lord Callaghan and former Leader of the House of Lords/Lord Privy Seal Minister for Women (below).

Baroness Jay




There were then speeches in the lecture hall at 12 noon by the Principal, Audrey Mullender; the President of the Ruskin Fellowship (the alumni association of the College); Gordon Marsden; and Oxford East MP Andrew Smith



Last to be unveiled was the mosaic in the atrium (part of which is shown on the left)




Events were due to continue into the evening, with the world premiere of the play Our Lady of the Trees, the story of Wangari Maathai, the first black woman to win a Nobel Prize, and then a gala evening with Peggy Seeger at the top of the bill



Below: the wonderful view from the lecture hall, photographed a week earlier


Photographs of the event taken by Howard Stanbury

© Stephanie Jenkins


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