A photo of some croquet mallets and in the background the Lady Margaret Hall garden party in full swing

We were delighted to welcome over 300 alumni and guests back to LMH for our annual Alumni Garden Party on Saturday 22nd June. In spite of a rather damp start to the day, guests spent the afternoon making the most of the College grounds in glorious sunshine.

One of the highlights of the day was a live ‘In Conversation’ event, during which Principal Professor Stephen Blyth and Fellow in English Dr Ben Higgins spoke to alumnus, actor and director Samuel West (1985, English). Their wide-ranging conversation touched on Sam’s recollections of his time at LMH (during which he was involved in no fewer than 17 plays!), his past and recent acting pursuits, his passion for birdwatching and biodiversity initiatives, and how Shakespeare’s plays continue to be a source of inspiration. 

A steady stream of visitors made their way to the Library to explore an exhibition of rare books prepared by our Librarian, Jamie, and to wish Isambard the Library cat a happy 5th birthday. 

There was plenty on offer for families, and children and adults alike enjoyed joining in with a storytelling session in the shade of the trees after a busy afternoon of face painting, crafting and garden games.

Thank you to all those who joined us, and we look forward to seeing you again next year, if not before.

From Birding to the Bard

Earlier this year, a conversation between Samuel West and Dr Ben Higgins, 'From Birding to the Bard', was published in our LMH News magazine (page 46). You can read it via the link below.

Cover of LMH News 2024, which has a photo of a cherry tree with the floor around it covered in pink blossom
Photo of Samuel West, Professor Stephen Blyth and Dr Ben Higgins sitting on chairs having a conversation
Four photos showing a garden party taking place at Lady Margaret Hall, with lots of people socialising in the grounds