Dervorguilla and Daughters: 750 Years of Women at Balliol

14-15 September 2019, 25 October 2019, 23 November 2019, 4 December 2019
Balliol Historic Collections Centre, St Cross Church, Manor Road OX1 3UH

Portrait of Dervorguilla of Galloway, co-founder of Balliol CollegeOn the 40th anniversary of the admittance of female students to Balliol College, this exhibition delves into Balliol’s historic collections to illuminate the fundamental contribution of women to the College’s history.

The first female students matriculated at Balliol in 1979, but a very much longer history of women’s influence and agency at Balliol can be found in the College Archives. Beginning with the College’s joint founder, Dervorguilla of Galloway, who gave Balliol its Statutes in 1282, this exhibition tells the stories of the benefactors, educationalists, reformers, wives, writers, domestic staff, sisters and friends who over seven and a half centuries helped to shape the College we know today.

  • Saturday 14 September: 11.00am–4.00pm (to coincide with Open Doors Oxford)
  • Sunday 15 September: 11.00am-4.00pm (to coincide with Open Doors Oxford)
  • Friday 25 October: 3.00pm–7.00pm
  • Saturday 23 November: 11.00am–4.00pm
  • Wednesday 4 December: 3.00pm–7.00pm

The exhibition will also be open to Balliol alumnae attending Balliol Women: 40 Years On, on Sunday 29 September, 10.30am-12.00pm. All event attendees will receive a free copy of the catalogue.

For disabled access, please contact the Library in advance.