Pembroke 400: Wine & History

In 2024, Pembroke College turns 400. To mark this auspicious anniversary, a range of events around the world are being planned.  We will share news of these in due course through our website, social media accounts and regular alumni newsletters.

In the meantime, find out more about Pembrokians of the past and our plans for the future on these web pages, and get an early taste of the celebrations and support the College by enjoying a good read and a bottle of sparkling wine!

 

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 memories@pmb.ox.ac.uk 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

Pembroke's First 400 Years

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.

400th Anniversary Wine

Help us celebrate the quatercentenary by raising a glass of our very own award-winning wines produced by Greyfriars Vineyard.

Pembroke Pink

This rose sparkling wine has been specially created by two of the College's alumni to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Pembroke College, Oxford in 1624. This delicately pale pink fizz is made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes using the traditional method. This wine was lovingly grown and produced in the Surrey Hills and has matured in Greyfriars' cellars for over four years before release. This wine is very modern in style and is redolent with Summer fruit and berries and looks towards the future as Pembroke enters its fifth century.

Pembroke 1624

This traditional style sparkling wine has been specially created by two of the College's alumni to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the College in 1624. This wine is made from a traditional blend ('cuvee') of all three classic Champagne grape varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and produced using the traditional method. This wine was lovingly grown and produced in the Surrey Hills and has matured in bottle in Greyfriars' cellars for over five years before release. The traditional style of this sparkling wine is a homage to Pembroke's history.

To order this special edition wine, please click here.