College History

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  • 1962 - Linacre House was founded as a non-collegiate, non-residential, multi-discipline society, to meet the social needs of the many graduates who were gathering in Oxford. The first site, which had previously been occupied by St Catherine's Society, was in St Aldate's, in what is now the Music Department of Oxford University. The first Principal was Mr John Bamborough, who held office until 1988.
  • 1977 - Linacre moved to Cherwell Edge, formerly the home of a History don, a religious order and, latterly, graduate students from a variety of Oxford colleges. Linacre's new site was opened by Harold Macmillan, the Chancellor of the University.
  • 1980 - Linacre became financially independent, following a gift of £1 million from Oxford University. Statutes were drawn up in preparation for collegiate status.
  • 1985 - The Bamborough Building was completed. Jack Lankester, University Surveyor, was its architect.
  • 1986 - A charter was granted to Linacre. Linacre Society became Linacre College.
  • 1988  -Sir Bryan Cartledge took office as the College's second Principal.
  • 1991  -First series of Linacre Lectures.
  • 1996 - Professor Paul Slack took office as the College's third Principal. The Abraham Building, completed in 1995, was named 'Green Building of the Year'.
  • 2002 - Linacre College celebrated its 40th Anniversary with dinners in Oxford, Japan and the USA.
  • 2005 - Linacre celebrated the successful end of its 40th Anniversary Capital Campaign, which raised £3 million for Accommodation, Scholarships and Endowment.
  • 2008 - The Griffiths building, dedicated to one of the major donors of the project, is commissioned and the first 32 students arrive to take up residence in Michaelmas 2008.
  • 2010 - Professor Paul Slack retired and Dr Nick Brown became Linacre's fourth Principal.