There is something about Newnham Classicists that seems (I am hoping; cross fingers everyone) to lead to longevity. I am about to be 60, my old Director of Studies (Joyce Reynolds) is about to be 95 (opinions I fear differ, others say she has just become 95), and my old supervisor and friend, Pat Easterling is just past 80. So as there was a a wonderful moment whan we could all claim a sort of birthday together: 235 years of Newnham Classics.
Anyway, thanks to generous funding by the Classics Conclave, we had a wonderful (non) birthday party in the Tower of London, with a great mix of ex-students, friends and colleagues. (There will be more celebrations later I promise, but please do check your spam folder before complaining about not being invited, because we had large numbers of invites going into cyberspace).
I have to say that the best bits of the party for me were meeting old mates and trying out the Tower experience (my only visit apart from last week had been when I was 5).