Pembroke 400: History

We are pleased to announce an important publication in celebration of the College’s forthcoming 400th anniversary. This hard-backed, full- colour volume is a thoughtful as well as an entertaining read that looks not only at the College’s History from founding to present day, but also features chapters on Pembroke’s buildings and gardens; 400 years of intellectual life and international collaboration; and our leadership in access and outreach.

In addition, because of the generosity of an alumnus, all proceeds will support our next 400 years. To read about becoming an Early Subscriber, Sponsor, or Supporter please sign up here.

For alumni in the US that would like to become a Supporter or Sponsor please use this form.

For international alumni outside of the US that would like to become a Supporter or Sponsor please use this form.

Reminiscence Exercise

Although we have a wealth of material in the College archive, much of the information we already hold on the student experience of life at Pembroke has come from alumni recollections which we previously gathered from those who matriculated before 1960. It is now time to record the memories of those who were in College from 1960 onwards.  This type of information is not captured elsewhere in our more formal records and alumni are, therefore, a vital resource to enable us to continue to build a more comprehensive history of Pembroke, both now and in the future.

To this end, we would like to ask you to send us your reminiscences of your time here. We have previously undertaken this type of exercise in the form of a questionnaire but we find that this can be a little prescriptive and so, this time, we have just provided a short guide which we hope will help you write as full an account as possible of your time at Pembroke. We have suggested some general themes, sometimes including some specific aspects in which we are particularly interested, but please do not feel constrained – if you think of something which we have not mentioned then please do include it. There is no word limit for this exercise! We are looking, not only for general impressions but also for specific stories with as many details as possible, especially dates.

Please click on the appropriate link below to download the relevant guide, and either send your reminiscences by email to or by post to Amanda Ingram, College Archivist, Pembroke College, Oxford, OX1 1DW. 

If you matriculated in the 1960s or 1970s please click here: Reminiscence Exercise - 1960s & 1970s

If you matriculated in the 1980s or 1990s please click here: Reminiscence Exercise - 1980s & 1990s

If you matriculated in the 2000s or 2010s please click here: Reminiscence Exercise - 2000s & 2010s