King’s College, Cambridge (1)

I travelled back to Cambridge for the 50-year reunion of the Class of 1972, of which I was a member, and also the fiftieth anniversary of the admission of women. The strange thing is that I don’t remember it feeling such a big deal at the time. Maybe I was just obtuse and assumed that it took women. I had a female tutor and a female Director of Studies and came from a school which itself had gone partially co-educational (15 girls, 800 boys). Now, in retrospect, it was obviously historically very significant, as one of three colleges – the others being Churchill and Clare – to change their statutes after the students themselves had lobbied for the change: it’s still the cause of discussion, debate and, it became apparent, some considerable residual ill-feeling:-


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