St Hilda’s Living History Project

Our ‘Living History Project’, to be completed during the 125th Anniversary Year of St Hilda's College, will provide the first, extensive digital alumnae archive within the University. It will document the social history of St Hilda’s through 125 filmed interviews with alumnae old and new, male and female.

By interviewing St Hilda’s graduates from the 1930s right up to the present, the Project documents not only the history of women’s education, but also the changing status of women more widely over the past 80 years

We aim to reflect the experiences of a range of alumnae over the decades and to showcase the remarkable people who have come through the doors of St Hilda's. We will collect their thoughts and memories about their time at College and discover how St Hilda’s and Oxford helped shape their futures.

The Living History Project was initiated by alumna Elizabeth Dorsett (Law, 2000), a former member of the ASM and Media Network Committees. Elizabeth has a background in film and television and was inspired to begin the project after hearing stories of the extraordinary experiences and achievements of St Hilda’s alumnae.

Get Involved!

We are looking for Senior Members from all decades to be interviewed about their time at College and subsequent careers, and to supply photographs or footage to create a living record for our archive. If would like to be involved or if you have any questions, please contact the Development Office.

You can watch the first two extracts here: St Hilda's Living History: A Pilot Project and St Hilda's Living History: Women in Wartime.

Living History has been funded through a loan from the ASM and generous donations from alumnae. We are very grateful to those who have already supported this important project, but in order to continue with filming we are seeking further funding. If you are interested in contributing, donations can be made via