On Thursday 10 March 2016 President Professor Dame Hermione Lee officially opened the Academic Wing for the use of all College members. Students, alumni, fellows, staff, common room members and special friends of the College assembled for this much awaited moment.
The entrance to Wolfson College has been transformed into a welcoming, modern space with the opening of the Academic Wing, a fitting start to the College’s 50th Anniversary Year.
The original Wolfson buildings by Powell and Moya provided inspiration for the clean lines and modern design, as striking today as they were in the 1960s. An exhibition currently on display along the corridors of the Academic Wing outlines the history and unique story behind the College’s architecture. As confirmation of College members’ widespread support for the new facilities, the Academic Wing has been shortlisted for a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) South 2016 Award.
During the evening, College members and friends enjoyed exploring the elegant Stallworthy Grove and excellent new study spaces, including a media room, library break out area and light-filled library extension. The Lodge has been relocated to the main College entrance, with an adjoining café and new office spaces. The Isaiah Berlin Room, dedicated to the legacy of our first President, will be accessible to scholars from Wolfson and elsewhere, overseen by the College’s Isaiah Berlin Legacy Fellow, Dr Mark Pottle.
In her presentation, Professor Hermione Lee specially acknowledged Wolfson Foundation CEO Paul Ramsbottom, and Mr John Adams, for their long-time support of the College. A display has been erected alongside the library, acknowledging all the alumni, members and friends whose generous support made the new building possible.
A gallery of images is available to view from the opening.