Previous Campaigns – the Hall Restoration Project

Hall East window

Through the amazing generosity of our alumni we raised £1.2 million for this important project and have now completed the restoration. To appreciate the true scale of the transformation, you really have to see it in person, but the photographs here allow you to to get an idea.

The Hall Restoration Project enabled much-needed repair and refurbishment work to be carried out, while offering an opportunity to restore the interior to a design and colour scheme inspired by William Wilkins, the College's first architect, whose neo-classical style is a unique feature of the College.

A new acoustic ceiling and a heated floor have been fitted, as well as new lighting and an integrated audio system.


This project received contributions from 756 alumni and donors named all 238 tiles, 144 new dining chairs and several tables in the Hall. Our main benefactors are named in the foyer of A Stair, at the entrance to the Hall, where their names are listed on a painted board and a stone plinth for the bust of William Wilkins.

We are truly grateful to everyone who made this magnificent achievement a reality.


Alumni & Development, Downing College, Cambridge CB2 1DQ. Telephone 01223 334850· Email  Registered with the Fundraising Regulator