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Female Portraits Unveiled in Hall

Yesterday afternoon saw a piece of St Peter's history, as Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University, unveiled the first female portraits to be hung in Hall.

The portraits, which are of St Peter's alumna the Rt Revd Libby Lane (1986, Theology), current Bishop of Stockport and the first female bishop in the Church of England, and Professor Christine Greenhalgh, the College's first female fellow (1979-2009), are by Oxford-based artist, Tom Croft.

The unveiling also saw the first viewing of a set of photograph portraits of current and recently retired female fellows, which are also due to be hung in the Hall, taken by Oxford photographer, Fran Monks.

St Peter's College first admitted women in 1979 and has since gone on to see over 2,400 female students pass through its doors, including Bishop Libby, who was present along with Prof Greenhalgh and the artist to witness the unveiling.

Speaking during the ceremony, Mark Damazer, Master, said, "Women have been part of St Peter’s for nearly forty years and it makes no sense for its principal public space, used heavily by all at the college, to be adorned only by men. So I am thrilled that we now have these terrific paintings and photographs to help reflect the college to itself -  and to anyone who comes here."

Photos from the event can be viewed here.

Female Portraits Unveiled in Hall