Today a new bright flag flies high over Hughes Hall to welcome new and returning students to the College for the start of the academic year.
The brighter, lighter and more-weather resistant flag replaces the old flag made by Penelope Knee in 1985, over 32 years ago. The latter was commissioned to commemorate both the centenary of the College’s foundation and the granting of Approved Foundation status in 1984.
The old flag has now been retired, but this milestone makes one reminisce about what is has been through over the years – after all, it does have one of the best vantage points in College. It has withstood high winds, overlooked May Ball shenanigans, been the last sight of graduands processing to the Senate House, and had a few swims in the Cam to celebrate victories in the Lent and May Bumps.
The new flag is almost a true replica of the original flag, proudly displaying the elements from the College crest: a torch to symbolise enlightenment, and owls for wisdom.
The Senior Tutor commented: ‘It’s great to see the vibrant new colours flying over the old college building. This is a wonderful image for modern study in an ancient University, and a good way to welcome our new students who start arriving tomorrow.’