We are an independent, alumni-led charity that supports
St Peter’s College by investing in its people.

The highlights from some of our past events are set out below.

Sotheby’s, November 2022

A lunch was held in the private boardroom at Sotheby’s, where Foundation supporters enjoyed a unique insight into the Old Masters, hosted by Sotheby’s co-Chairman Alex Bell.

The Garden Museum, May 2022

100 Foundation supporters, beneficiaries, College faculty and staff attended a reception at the Garden Museum in London hosted by the Foundation. The Master gave an update on recent developments at the College, and we also heard from two current students who are beneficiaries of the Foundation. The guest speaker was Christopher Woodward, the director of the museum, who gave an insight into its history and connection with Oxford. First-class entertainment was also provided by the College string quartet under the direction of music director Quintin Beer.

Royal Academy, November 2019

Approximately 60 Foundation supporters and their guests enjoyed a guided tour of the Lucian Freud Self-Portraits exhibition, followed by a reception, where SPC alumnus Geordie Greig (1980), Editor of the Daily Mail and an expert on Lucian Freud, was guest speaker. Geordie took us through a fascinating journey of stories and anecdotes about Freud from his book “Breakfast with Lucian: A Portrait of the Artist”.

House of Lords, July 2019

A reception was held at the House of Lords, attended by over 100 guests, including friends and supporters of the Foundation and the College, as well as some of the very talented St Peter’s students whom the Foundation has helped over the years. Three former students delivered speeches about the support they had received from the Foundation and their plans for the future.

Armourers Hall, November 2018

We welcomed over 70 guests to the splendid Armourers Hall, where we were kindly hosted by the Clerk, Peter Bateman (1974). Following a reception which included a piano accompaniment by David Dean (1981), we were treated to a thought-provoking panel on security and terrorism, moderated by Channel 4 and LBC presenter Matt Frei (1982). The panel included Sir Julian King (1982), European Commissioner for the Security Union; Richard Galpin (1982), BBC journalist and commentator; and Max Hill QC (1983), Director of Public Prosecutions.

Royal Academy and Keeper’s House, June 2018

50 guests enjoyed a guided tour of the Great Spectacle Exhibition at the Royal Academy. This was followed by a dinner at the Keeper’s House, with our special guest, the British art historian and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon (father of Flo Graham-Dixon (2008)), who gave a fascinating speech about some of the Exhibition’s main attractions.