News from 2012 and earlier

Full sets of photographs of these events can be found on the Downing College Flickr page - click here.

DCBC's 150th anniversary reception – 28 November 2012

 DCBC's 150th anniversary banner hanging in Watermen's Hall DCBC celebrated its 150th Anniversary with a reception at the lovely Georgian Watermen's Hall, home of The Company of Watermen & Lightermen of the River Thames - photographs here.

Opening of newly refurbished Butterfield Cafe – 7 November 2012

Newly refurbished Lord Butterfield Bar

The Butterfield Cafe was opened by the Master on 7 November 2012 after an extensive refurbishment programme.

Matriculation – 2 October 2012

 Matriculation, October 2012 - class photo  Welcome to our new first-year undergraduates! Photographs here.

Alumni Day – 22 September 2012

 Pre-dinner drinks in the Grace Howard Room, Alumni Day 2012 Alumni Day went off just as well as ever, with wine tasting events, an exhibition of the College silver, the Downing Association AGM and, of course, the Association Dinner – photographs here.

1749 Garden Party – 21 July 2012

The annual Garden Party for the members of the 1749 Society - those who have told us that they have left Downing College a legacy in their wills – was held in the Master's Garden on Saturday 21 July - photographs here.

Griphon House opens – 18 July 2012

 Exterior of newly refurbished Griphon House, July 2012 The newly refurbished 14 Regent Street, a former office block, now houses 22 en-suite rooms for freshers. Outside term time, the rooms will be available as B & B accommodation.

General Admission – 29 June 2012

 General Admission, 29 June 2012  Congratulations to our new alumni - photographs here.

Graduands Reception – 28 June 2012

 Graduands Reception, 28 June 2012 A reception was held for those due to graduate the following day - and for their friends and families - see the photographs here.  

Lent Bumps – 28 February–3 March 2012

Lent Bumps celebrations, 2012 

Congratulations to Downing Boat Club - some fantastic results from Lent Bumps! Photographs here

  • W1 rowed over to hold the Lents Headship for the second year in a row.
  • M1 rowed over every day in 2nd place behind Caius.
  • M2 bumped every day and achieved blades.
  • W2 bumped up two places.
  • M3 bumped up three places.

London Alumni Reception – 20 October 2011

 London Alumni Reception, October 2011 The Academy of Medical Sciences in Portland Place was the venue for the London Alumni Reception 2011 - photographs here.

Matriculation – 4 October 2011

Matriculation, 4 October 2011 The Alumni & Development Office wishes a warm welcome to Downing's freshers.

General Admission – 25 June 2010

Graduation day 2010 On 25 June, a new class of graduates became part of the Downing alumni community. Congratulations to all of our 2010 graduates! Photographs here.

Celebrating with Graduands – 24 June 2010

 2010 graduands at the evening reception The Alumni & Development Office held its annual Graduands' Reception on 24 June 2010 photographs here.

Howard Theatre Opening – 3 March 2010

Barry Everitt, Sir Trevor Nunn and Alan Howard Internationally acclaimed theatre director and Downing alumnus Sir Trevor Nunn (1959) was guest of honour at the official opening of the Howard Theatre on Wednesday 3 March 2010 – photographs here.

Howard Theatre Handover – 4 December 2009

Painted ceiling in the Howard Theatre On 4 December 2009, the key to the Howard Theatre was officially handed over to the College. It was accepted by the Vice-Master, Professor Richard Smith (photographs here).

Her Majesty The Queen Visits Cambridge to Celebrate 800th Anniversary – 19 November 2009

Barry Everitt with the JCR and MCR Presidents Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Chancellor of the University, visited Cambridge on 19 November as part of the 800th Anniversary celebrations.

Downing's Master, Professor Barry Everitt, together with Katie Marshall (JCR President) and Brett Kennedy (MCR President) were among the lucky few who had the opportunity to meet Her Majesty.

Downing Launches Catalysis – 2 November 2009

The Master launches Catalysis, 9 November 2009  Downing has launched Catalysis, a comprehensive fundraising campaign with a goal to raise £20 million for the College's endowment by the end of 2015. The Master, Professor Barry Everitt, officially announced Catalysis on Monday 2 November at the RAF Club, Piccadilly, before an audience of over 200 Downing members. Click here to see the latest on Catalysis.

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