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
21 January 2019Professor Tarje Nissen-Meyer to deliver Annual London Lecture at Lincoln's Inn
Wolfson College is privileged to have Professor Tarje Nissen-Meyer deliver the Annual London Lecture.18 January 2019Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize 2019 Winner Announced
Wolfson College is honoured to announce that the winner of this year's competition was Andrew Wynn Owen for Lines of Decline.17 January 2019The Academics at Risk campaign
Last term the College raised almost £25,000 to place an academic at risk and their family at Wolfson.
Networking23 - 23Jan JanDigital Research Cluster LunchWednesday 23 January - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Do you use, or are you interested in using, digital technologies for research in any discipline? The lunch is an opportunity to meet and discuss your work with technology specialists and other academics, and to explore further opportunities in the College and Oxford. Contact David Robey (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.Lectures and Seminars23 - 23Jan JanAWRC Lunch Table and Talk - Dr Elise MoreroWednesday 23 January - 1:15pm to 2:00pm
Lunch Table in Hall from 12:30, followed by a talk in the Florey Room at 13:15 delivered by Dr Elise Morero (Postdoc researcher at the Khalili Research Centre) on The contribution of ancient technology analysis to the history and history of art: the study of relief-carving on medieval Islamic rock crystal vessels (9-12th c.). Coffee and cakes will be served.
Lunch Table open to Cluster members.
Talk open to ALL.General Meetings23 - 23Jan JanGeneral MeetingWednesday 23 January - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
General Meeting occurs at least twice in each term and is an opportunity for all College and Common Room members to discuss any College business.