Fitzwilliam at 150 - share your stories and photos

Thursday, 18 October, 2018 - 13:30
150 years of education, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

2019 marks Fitzwilliam’s 150th Anniversary, along with 40 years of women at the College, and to celebrate we are inviting alumni to contribute to a special history project which will bring together their memories and photos.

Alumni can submit their memories and photos online. We are particularly interested in hearing how our former students came to be at Fitzwilliam, and the experiences of the first women to study here. Recollections that we’d very much like to receive include:

  • What was your interview or first term like?
  • How has your time at Fitzwilliam shaped your life since?
  • Do you have a fun memory that you will never forget?

Memories already recorded include some happy reminiscences from alumni who met and then subsequently married here; tales of spectacular sporting achievement (and under-achievement); and recollections of Fitzwilliam’s first year as a College. Ken Bulteel (Geography 1966) recounts the alarmingly ambiguous telegram he received two days before Christmas following his interview, which read 'YOU ARE EXCEPTED FOR MICHAELMAS TERM 1966. FITZWILLIAM'. Fortunately a long and anxious wait over the Christmas break culminated in the happy news that it was indeed meant to read ‘ACCEPTED’.

“I would not have missed my Fitz experience for anything … Thank you Fitzwilliam for preparing and setting me up for life.”

Steve Cardy (English 1967) 

Fitzwilliam has a history unlike that of any other Cambridge college. Founded in 1869, it was created in order to enable students without the financial means to meet college fees to come to Cambridge and study for a degree. Almost 150 years later, this project provides an exciting opportunity to celebrate and record for posterity some of the diverse experiences and life-paths of our thousands of alumni. Memories and photos will be published online and in our publications, and a selection will be put on display. All submissions will be permanently stored by the Development Office.

Record your memories of Fitzwilliam >>