College history

1962

Linacre House was founded as a non-collegiate, non-residential, multi-discipline society, to meet the social needs of the many graduates gathering in Oxford.  The first Principal was Mr John Bamborough.

1965

Linacre House was re-named Linacre College

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. 

1986

Linacre College was granted a royal charter.

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

Opening of the Rhodes Building

Linacre College celebrated its 40th Anniversary with dinners in Oxford, Japan and the USA.

2003

Opening of Peter Holloway House

2005

Linacre’s 40th Anniversary Campaign reached its £3 million goal.

2008

Opening of the Griffiths Building

2010

Dr Nick Brown took office as the College’s fourth Principal.  Rom Harré Garden completed

2012

Linacre’s 50th Anniversary; Capital Campaign launched; Jaki Leverson Quad named

2013

Opening of Neil Fraser-Bell House

2015

50th Anniversary Capital Campaign to raise £7.5 million ends in December.