Queen Laying Foundation Stone 2 May 1968. Copyright: Oxford Mail & Times Ltd.

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.

Learn more
Wolfson College Oxford – The First Fifty Years by John Penney and Roger Tomlin, gives a detailed account of the College's history and is available from the Lodge.

Landmarks in Wolfson’s History

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The latest from Wolfson College

Romulus 2017-18
9 July 2018
Out now: Romulus 2017-18

The editorial team of Romulus brings to you their newest issue – hot off the press, to be collected at the Old Lodge, UCR, or Lodge.

29 June 2018
Sir David Smith

It is with great sadness that the College has learned of the death of Sir David Smith, FRS, FRSE on 29 June 2018.  He was the President of...

15 June 2018
Sir Tim Hitchens' Foundation Speech

"It’s my great honour to give this year’s Foundation Dinner speech, and my first. May I start with personal thanks, from Sara and me, to all of...

Our upcoming events

Networking
17 - 17
Aug Aug
RF/JRF Lunch Table
Friday 17 August - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Come meet other Wolfson RF/JRFs at lunch.
Beer and wine will be served. Partners and children are welcome.

Networking
14 - 14
Sep Sep
RF/JRF Lunch Table
Friday 14 September - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Come meet other Wolfson RF/JRFs at lunch.
Beer and wine will be served. Partners and children are welcome.

General Meetings
17 - 17
Oct Oct
General Meeting
Wednesday 17 October - 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.