The College Coat of Arms

The arms echo those of Sir Isaac Wolfson. The heraldic language, unpunctuated since it is a legal document, describes a shield divided down the middle into red (left) and yellow (right), overlaid by a chevron divided in the opposite way, into yellow (left) and red (right).

Distributed symmetrically over shield and chevron are three roses with their thorns and seeds in natural colours, and two pears, each flower or fruit is coloured red if the background is yellow, and yellow if it is red.

Above the shield is a knightly helmet, the crest above its red and yellow banded wreath symbolising the College’s origins and aspirations: the Norman arch of the west door of Iffley Church for Iffley College which it incorporates, the crossed staffs with serpent of the Greco-Roman god of healing for Sir Isaac’s gift to medical research, a yellow torch with natural-coloured flame for the pursuit of knowledge.

The Latin motto expresses the College’s ideal of intellectual curiosity in humanity, which embraces the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. It is part of a well-known line by the Roman playwright Terence: homo sum; humani nil alienum a me puto. ‘I am a human being; in my opinion nothing to do with human beings is foreign to me.’


Facts

  • ARMS: Per pale Gules and Or on a chevron between three roses two pears all counterchanged the roses barbed and seeded proper.

  • CREST: On a wreath of the colours in front of a representation of an arch in Iffley Church two rods of Aesculapius in saltire proper surmounted by a torch or inflamed proper.

  • MOTTO: Humani nil alienum

 

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Events

The latest from Wolfson College

LWA
6 November 2017
Aris Lecture 2017

This year's lecture will be delivered by Emeritus Professor, University of Oslo, Per Kvaerne and Tenzin Kesang of Dharamsala.

Greg Woolf RSL17
30 October 2017
The Ronald Syme Lecture: Migration and the Metropolis: How ancient Rome stayed great

Professor Greg Woolf delivers the Ronald Syme Lecture this year.

23 October 2017
Imagining the Divine: Exhibition

Wolfson scholars collaborate on a unique exhibition on the art of major world religions at the Ashmolean Museum.

Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
23 - 23
Nov Nov
Travelling and Filming in Gandhara
Thursday 23 November -
5:00pm to 6:30pm

In this public lecture of the Classical Art Research Centre's Gandhara Connections project, the historian and broadcaster Michael Wood will be showing film footage and talking about his travels in the area of ancient Gandhara (roughly northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan) in the course of more than thirty years of documentary film making.

Parties and Dinners
23 - 23
Nov Nov
Guest Night
Thursday 23 November -
7:30pm to 10:00pm

Guest Night dinners take place on Thursdays during full term and are open to all members of College and Common Room. They provide a convivial atmosphere and the chance to meet other Wolfsonians as well as entertaining guests. Dress code is smart (no gowns). Pre-dinner drinks are normally at 7.00 pm, followed by dinner at 7.30 pm.

Clubs & Societies
24 - 24
Nov Nov
Csontváry, Painter of the Sun’s Path
Friday 24 November -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

An illustrated talk about Csontváry’s life and art, based on the ‘Csontváry's paintings in Transylvania’ 2016 exhibition in Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc).