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Archive Image of the Month

Let Selwyn's Archivist, Elizabeth Stratton, give you a taster of the College archives. Every month Elizabeth selects a particularly interesting piece from the archives and provides an insight into its history and significance. 

 Archive Image of the Month – July 2017

Graduation 1935

Archive Image of the Month – July 2017 


Congratulations to everyone graduating from Selwyn this year! One of the graduation photographs in the Archives is from 1935 and is in a scrapbook compiled by Nathaniel Gilbert Philips (SE 1932). It shows him standing outside Senate House with two friends.  Philips came to Selwyn to read Theology and was a member of the Boat Club and rowed in the winning Fairburn boat in the Michaelmas term of 1934 and the second May Boat in 1935 which made three bumps. His support for the Boat club is evident in the many press cuttings pasted into his scrapbook. He also collected cuttings and papers relating to other College events, primarily celebrations for the Jubilee (50th anniversary) in 1933 and the commemoration of Rev. George E Newsom, the Master of Selwyn, who died unexpectedly in 1934. Philips was ordained in 1937 and later became vicar of Little Houghton with Brayfield-on-the-Green, Northants from 1944 until his death in 1967 aged only 54. He was very generous to the College and donated some valuable pieces of silver as well as leaving a generous bequest.

As always, any questions about the College Archives can be directed to the Archivist on We are always grateful to hear from members of College about any photographs and memories you may have.

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Elizabeth Stratton, July 2017

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