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
13 January 2020University Challenge Round Two
The team representing Wolfson consists of Mary Caple, Claire Jones, Ryan Walker and Mike Perrin. Tonight, they will compete against the University...6 January 2020The Life of Geza Vermes
Geza Vermes was an expert in the history of Judaism in the early Roman empire whose prolific writings, particularly on the Jewish background of...19 December 2019Holiday Closure Dates
The College will be closed from Friday 20 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020 inclusive.
Art Exhibition19 - 19Jan JanThe Ways We See Private ViewSunday 19 January - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Oxford Photographers Exhibition with artists Mark Crean, Howard Stanbury, Darrell Godliman, Alexander Gordon, Judith Taylor, John Duncan, Philip King, Duncan Taylor, Karen Morecroft. Please join us for drinks and nibbles at the Private View to celebrate the opening of The Ways We See.Art Exhibition20 - 13Jan MarThe Ways We SeeMonday 20 January - 10:00am to Friday 13 March - 7:00pm
Oxford Photographers Exhibition with artists Mark Crean, Howard Stanbury, Darrell Godliman, Alexander Gordon, Judith Taylor, John Duncan, Philip King, Duncan Taylor, and Karen Morecroft. Open daily 10am - 7pm subject to College commitments. Visitors are advised to telephone the College Lodge on (01865) 274100 before visiting.Sports & Wellness21 - 21Jan JanMixed CircuitsTuesday 21 January - 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Mixed Circuits are organised by the Boat Club and run every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 PM all year round in the Games Room. Free and open to all members of college, the sessions are great for rowers keeping fit in the off-season, as a supplement to regular training, or for non-rowers who want to get a bit of exercise while seeing the enthusiasm of the Boat Club first-hand. The workout consists of a few sets of “body-weight” exercises, including crunches, press-ups, squats, etc.