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24 June 2011: Boat Club Society Dinner

The 2011 Annual Boat Club Society Dinner was held on 24 June 2011 in Hall. This year the President and officers of the club invited members to celebrate the successes the Boat Club had already enjoyed at Torpids where the Men’s 1st boat retained the Headship and the Women’s 2nd boat won blades.


18 & 19 June 2011: The Christ Church Association Ireland Event

On a peninsula to the north of Dublin, with breathtaking views over the Bay, sits Howth Castle. It is 13th century in origin but much altered subsequently, notably in the mid 18th century and in 1910 by Lutyens. Thanks to Old Member Julian Gaisford St. Lawrence (1976) the Association held a black tie dinner here on Saturday 18th June 2011.

On Sunday 19th June we were also very fortunate that the Hon. Dr Desmond Guinness (1951) invited Association members to visit Leixlip Castle, with origins in the 12th century, for a private tour and lunch. Later on in the evening, Lord Rosse invited House men and women to Birr Castle for a light supper and concert of chamber music. 

4 June 2011: Pimms Party at the Christ Church Boat Club

The Christ Church Association invited all members and family members who wished to support the crews at Summer Eights to an informal Pimms’ party at the Christ Church Boat House on Saturday 4th June, 1pm to 5pm.


6 May - Christ Church Paris Dinner: L’Atelier Maître Albert

Oxford University held the European Alumni Weekend in Paris from the 6th to the 8th May 2011 and Christ Church hosted its very own dinner on Friday 6th at L’Atelier Maître Albert, 1 rue Maître Albert, 75005 Paris, at 8.30pm. The restaurant, which is part of Guy Savoy’s empire, was a short walk from the Sorbonne where the University held the opening reception for the Alumni Weekend.


5 May 2011 - Patrons' Lecture: Sculpture and the Sculptural in Renaissance Painting

The first Christ Church Picture Gallery Patrons’ Lecture was given by Dr Nicholas Penny (Director of the National Gallery, London) in Blue Boar Lecture Theatre at 6pm on 5 May 2011. The title of the talk was 'Sculpture and the Sculptural in Renaissance Painting'.

Contact: Picture Gallery +44 (0)1865 276172

14 April 2011, 6.30pm - Thuillier Gallery Private Tour

William Thuillier (1966) and the Christ Church Association invited Members of the House and their guests to join them at William’s gallery for a behind the scenes tour and specialist advice on Old Master paintings. William spoke about a number of the pictures which he has in his showroom; why he bought them, what is special about them, and the techniques the artists employed in their creation.

5 April 2011, 7.30pm - Christ Church Dinner for the Christopher Butler English Tutorial Fund

The 2011 Oxford Literay Festival presented the most impressive and prestigious programme of events yet staged at Oxford. The programme for Tuesday 5th April included members Michael Dobson (1979), Nigel Lawson (1951) and Christopher Butler, who spoke on 'Why Does the 'High Culture' still matter?' at 6.30pm.


2 April 2011 - Stephen Clarke (1978): Paris Revealed: The Secret Life of the City

As part of the Oxford Literary Festival, Stephen Clarke, author of the bestselling 1000 Years of Annoying the French, gave a talk in Christ Church Hall at 12pm on 2nd April 2011. The occasion marked the launch of his new insider's guide to Paris, his home town for 17 years.

In Paris Revealed:The Secret Life of the City, Stephen takes us on a behind the scenes tour, letting us in on the secrets the Parisians would much rather we didn't know. We learn how to visit the city without annoying the locals, where to find fantastic art away from the crowds and why Parisian men feel compelled to pee in the street.

24 - 27 March 2011: Special Interest Weekend at Christ Church 'Blood & Roses'

The Wars of the Roses, that forty year struggle between the Houses of Lancaster and York, is a familiar theme in English historical memory. But how many of us know the origins and consequences of this prolonged warfare? The conflict, both political and military, dominated English affairs in the latter half of the fifteenth century and culminatedin the accession of Henry VII and the founding of a new ruling dynasty: The Tudors.

12 March: Family Programme Luncheon, Christ Church

Family Programme Members were invited to the annual Luncheon in Hall on Saturday 12th March 2011. This popular occasion provided a unique opportunity for family members of our undergraduates to meet together and share their experiences of Christ Church. Tutors and other members of the Christ Church Governing Body were also invited.

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