MCR Gazette – Michaelmas Week 6

Good morning Churchillians,

A short gazette for you this week, but first a couple of reminders from our academic officer about events that you can still sign up for:

  • The trip to Imperial War Museum at Duxford on Sunday 19th November! Please complete this form if you are interested.
  • The lecture given by Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley at Birkbeck, University of London, on Monday 20th November! Please complete this form if you are interested.
    Deadline for subscription: Sunday 12th November – 23:59





Taught graduate students – help us to help you, and win a £10 Amazon voucher!

We want to hear about your experiences studying and learning at Cambridge. Churchill College is currently working with the UL’s Futurelib programme to help improve the ways in which the University supports your learning.

Futurelib endeavours to provide services which enhance and improve students’ experiences at Cambridge. Previous projects have led to tangible outcomes such as the SpaceFinder tool, and the ‘Sidgbox’ central drop box on the Sidgwick Site.  More information about Futurelib can be found here:

We would really appreciate it if taught graduate students could take the time to fill in this short survey (four questions) in as much detail as possible. This will help us to continue to develop services which are tailored to the needs of Cambridge students. You will be entered into a draw for a £10 Amazon voucher for completing the questions.

Link to the survey:

16th November – Churchill History Lecture Series: The intellectual culture of Conservatism after 1945 with Gary Love @ Jock Colville Hall, 17:30

Gary Love is an Associate Professor of Modern British History in the Department of Language and Literature at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. He completed his PhD in History at Homerton College, Cambridge in 2010 and he was a Churchill Archives By-Fellow at Churchill College in Easter Term 2014.

Love has published a number of articles in leading history journals on topics such as the history of British Conservatism, British fascism, and right-wing women. He will now use his sabbatical leave and his time in Cambridge to research and write his first monograph on the broader intellectual culture of Conservatism in Britain between the nineteen-thirties and nineteen-fifties. In 2018 Love will also lead a collaborative research project, which attracted major research funding from the Norwegian Research Council, titled ‘Conservatism at the crossroads: Conservative thought and the renewal of democratic politics in Britain and Scandinavia, 1930-1963’. Bookings are not required.

23rd November – Gordon Brown speaks at Churchill College about his new book – My Life, Our Times

As the longest serving Chancellor of the Exchequer in modern times (1997-2007) and Prime Minister of the UK between 2007 and 2010, Gordon Brown has been on the front-line of British politics, and indeed at the centre of the international stage, for three decades.

Beginning from his childhood as the son of a minister in Fife before almost losing his eyesight as a student, then right through to the financial crisis and his days in Number 10, ‘My Life, Our Times’ is an important and candid memoir.

This a special opportunity to hear one of the political giants of this generation share some of his remarkable experiences.

Gordon Brown’s memoir My Life, Our Times will be available for purchase at the event. 

Those interested must book at


15th November – ChuTalks: Allen Packwood on “The Churchill Archives”

16th November – Cocktail Masterclass @ Churchill College Bar, 20:00

19th November – Trip to Duxford


13th November – Careers in Art featuring Maria Balshaw, Alixe Bovey, and Clara Drummond @ 19:00, Principal’s Lodge, Newnham

A free panel discussion, chaired by Sue Owen CB, (NC 1973) Permanent Secretary in the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, featuring Dr Maria Balshaw, Dr Alixe Bovey and Clara Drummond

Dr Maria Balshaw succeeded Sir Nicholas Serota as Director of Tate on 1 June 2017. Previously, as Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries, Maria, pictured, was responsible for the artistic and strategic vision for each gallery. Maria was also Director of Culture for Manchester City Council from 2013-2017.

Dr Alixe Bovey is Head of Research at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a specialist in medieval art history. After completing her BA in history and medieval studies at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Alixe competed her MA and PhD in London. After four years as a curator at the British Library, she moved to the University of Kent. In 2015, she returned to the Courtauld.

Clara Drummond read Modern and Medieval Languages at Newnham College. She worked as an assistant to portrait painter Jonathan Yeo before completing the Drawing Year at the Royal Drawing School in 2006. Her work has been exhibited five times in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery and in 2016 was awarded first prize for the BP Portrait Award. She is currently writing a book.

Refreshments will be served from 6pm for a 6.30pm start at the event which is open to all.

Tickets can be booked at

16th November – OpenConCam 2017 @ Betty and Gordon Moore Library

Open for everyone: from open source investigative journalism to early career researchers resisting being ‘bullied into bad science’

Thu 16 Nov, 09:00-17:00, Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Wilberforce Rd

Register (£5):

OpenConCam aims to empower attendees to make a difference in their respective fields through open data, education and access and ensure that that difference is inclusive.

We have a great program of speakers on topics such as open research, building diverse communities, the open source investigative journalism revolution and more, plus time scheduled to discuss actions that we can take to make a change in the world. 

We’re grateful to PeerJ and Arcadia for their support which keeps the cost low for all participants.

Follow us @OpenConCam and visit the event webpage:



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