Dame Evelyn Glennie with attendees

Events

2018

‘Loved that there was so much to do and all of it was great’

Stories

The Homerton 250 Festival

On Saturday, 27 October, Homerton College opened its doors in the biggest free public event ever hosted by a Cambridge College.

Homerton College celebrated 250 years of free-thinking education with one of the biggest free public events ever staged by a University of Cambridge College.

On Saturday, 27 October 2018, Homerton College opened its doors to over 1000 people. The Homerton 250 Festival offered a diverse programme of events which catered to all ages and tastes. The non-catered events were all free to ensure accessibility for everyone.

The Festival showcased the broad range of research conducted by Homerton’s academics, inviting the public to ‘look under the bonnet’ of the College. The research events spanned all six University Schools ranging from Humanities and Social Sciences to Technology.

In feedback after the event the top five words used to describe the event were “enjoyable, fun, interesting, memorable, and positive”.  One person commented “everyone was super friendly. And it was brilliant for families with kids. Loved that there was so much to do and all of it was great.” Another person commented “I honestly can’t think of anything that could have been done better, for a free event it was superb.”

College Principal Professor Geoffrey Ward said: “We were truly thrilled to open our doors to the wider community, and to show off the amazing work being done by Homertonians, both students and researchers alike.”

One of the Festival’s highlights involved Homerton Honorary Fellow and world-class percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, who gave a surprise interactive performance with members of the public in the College grounds. A member of the public said their favourite activity was “Watching Evelyn Glennie perform and joining in! Showing my children around [Homerton]…they are both adamant they want to go to Cambridge Uni now!”