History & Heritage
Wolfson has grown and evolved over the past 50 years, retaining its founding President Sir Isaiah Berlin’s egalitarian ethos of being 'new, untrammelled and unpyramided’. The College officially became Wolfson College in 1966, when it was renamed in honour of Sir Isaac Wolfson, who contributed toward the College’s foundation.
In 1965, the University of Oxford founded Iffley College. Later the same year Sir Isaiah Berlin was invited to be the College's first President. Through his efforts, generous benefactions were received from the Wolfson Foundation and the Ford Foundation, which enabled the College to include graduate students. The first of these were admitted in October 1968.
The College's buildings, designed by architects Powell and Moya, were ready for occupation in 1974 and the College received its Royal Charter in 1981.
Landmarks in Wolfson’s History
24 February 2020Wolfson student takes research to Parliament
Ben Armitage is a final year PhD student in the Department of Materials.14 February 2020Wolfsonians release song in solidarity with students in Wuhan
Wolfson is very proud to announce that Don't Laugh has released their song in solidarity with students in Wuhan.10 February 2020All-Innovate: The University's idea competition
Entries for the 2020 All-Innovate Idea competition are open until 16 February 2020.
Parties and Dinners29 - 29Feb FebDegree DaySaturday 29 February - 11:00am to 3:30pm
Preceding the degree ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre at 14:00, the College hosts the Signing of the Graces and a celebratory reception for our graduands and their family and friends. This event is by invitation only; please see the degree days page on our website for further information.Lectures and Seminars02 - 02Mar MarLiberal International Order in TroubleMonday 2 March - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Leading expert in International Relations & former British Academy President, Professor Sir Adam Roberts will deliver a Keynote Lecture on the contemporary decline of the liberal order, calling for a rethinking of liberal ideas and practices.
The term ‘liberal international order’ has become widely used—generally to refer to the international system that developed in the years after the end of the Cold War in 1989, or even to the whole period since the end of WWII.Annual Lecture02 - 02Mar MarAnnual London Lecture: Last Supper in PompeiiMonday 2 March - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Last Supper in Pompeii' is inspired by the recent blockbuster exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, which Dr Roberts curated. Combining masterpieces of Roman art with cutting edge archaeological research, the talk looks at the Roman passion for food and wine.