LMH was founded by Edward Talbot, Warden of Keble College, and his wife Lavinia. The College was named after Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII. Elizabeth Wordsworth (1840-1932), great niece of the poet, was the first Principal. In this photograph she sits alongside the first nine students outside Old Old Hall.

The first group of LMH students
Principals of the Women’s Hall’s getting degrees in 1920

Women were only granted degrees and made full members of the University in 1920. This cutting shows the Principals of the original women’s Halls being conferred honorary degrees to mark the occasion.


LMH celebrated its Jubilee in 1928. In this photograph, the Dutchess of York presents Elizabeth Wordsworth with the insignia of D.B.E.

1928, Dutchess of York presents Elizabeth Wordsworth, Principal of LMH, the insignia DBE
1933 student Common Room in Deneke

Opening of the Deneke Building, designed by Giles Gilbert Scott. This photograph shows students in the Deneke Common Room in 1933.


Gardens were given over to vegetable production during WWII. Part of students' time in College in the war years was given to tending to the gardens.

LMH students digging during WWII
Wolfson North construction, 1965

LMH becomes a College in 1960. This photograph shows the construction of Wolfson North next to the Library in 1965, which completed the Wolfson Quad. Note the lamp post- the last sign of the road which once ran through the site.


The Queen opened the new LMH Library in 1960, designed by architect Raymond Erith.

The Queen opens LMH Library c.1960
Anne Whiteman opens the LMH centenary cake1978

Historian and LMH Tutor and Fellow Anne Whiteman (1918-2000) cuts the cake as the College celebrates its centenary.


Men are admitted to the College in 1979, 100 years since the first group of students arrived at LMH.

1979 Matriculation Photo
2010 Reunion Photo

The Pipe Partridge Building opened in 2010, providing new student rooms, the new Simpkins Lee Theatre and additional function and teaching rooms, such as the Monson Room.