Richard Berg Rust Lecture

About Richard Berg Rust

Those of you who knew Richard, our Development Director, who, in 2017 was so sadly and suddenly taken from us, will remember not only his huge contribution to the college but also his passionate love for the literature, culture and music of his native North of England, and especially of Northumberland and County Durham.

Richard grew up in Northumbria and was a life-long champion of the North of England. He wanted to showcase northern talent, helping to alter attitudes and to celebrate the wealth of culture he found there. He was Director of Development for the Theatre Royal in Newcastle and oversaw its expansion for three years. He was also the founding father of the Northumbrian Association and campaigned to get the Lindisfarne Gospels back to Durham Cathedral supported by Sir Tom Cowie and the then Bishop of Durham Michael Turnbull. In the process he raised money to take culture, history and copies of the Gospels to schools in the area of which he was rightfully proud. 

In his memory the College decided to institute a yearly event – a lecture, a recital, or a performance – on Northern themes, which it hopes members and alumni will help to endow. 

An Annual Lecture on the North of England

This lecture has been made possible by the kind support of alumni, seniors and friends of the College. If you would like to contribute to the Richard Berg Rust Lecture fund, to ensure that we can carry on with this fascinating and unique series, please donate online and select ‘The Richard Berg Rust Lecture Fund’ or email

The funds raised for the lecture series in memory of Richard go towards the operational costs of each lecture, such as speaker fees, room hire and refreshments. It is thanks to generosity of donors that we can ensure that the lecture can continue to run for a minimum of 10 years, providing an important opportunity to invite writers, poets and artists from the North of England to Hughes Hall, bringing the rich culture of the North to a new audience.

The next Richard Berg Rust Memorial Lecture is scheduled for Monday 25th January 2021 and will take place online. Further details about the lecture and how to register are available on our events page here.