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Archive Image of the Month

Let Selwyn's Archivist, Elizabeth Stratton, give you a taster of the College archives. Every month Elizabeth selects a particularly interesting piece from the archives and provides an insight into its history and significance. 

 Archive Image of the Month – April 2017

BME Project

1921 matriculation photo

The Archives are delighted to be part of a new student project to explore the history of BME students at Selwyn College. The project aims to identify individuals in the sources available and, in the case of more recent alumni, to record their memories and experiences.

The earliest surviving matriculation photograph in the Archives which includes a student we can focus on for the BME project is from 1921. Surendra Lal Ghose (1903-1945), who can be seen standing in the third row, came to Selwyn in 1921 as a research student from the Government College, Lahore in India (now Pakistan), where he had been Lecturer in Botany. While at Selwyn he was a member of the College tennis team when the Captain was fellow student, RN Dey, who was also from India and had matriculated in 1921, though for some reason he does not appear in the 1921 matriculation photo. Ghose took his PHD in 1923 and eventually became Professor of Botany at Lahore University, where he is remembered as one of the prominent figures of the Botany department. He died in 1945 and his obituary appeared in the College Calendar in 1947, the year when the partition of India took place. So 2017 sees the 70th anniversary of the partition.

If anyone would like to contribute to the BME project, please contact the Selwyn BME Officer, Pemi Arowojolu, on

As always, any questions about the College Archives can be directed to the Archivist on We are always grateful to hear from members of College about any photographs and memories you may have.

Previous Archive images can be seen here:

Elizabeth Stratton, April 2017

The Archivist is always delighted to arrange Archive visits and to receive Selwyn memorabilia, photos and stories. To contact Elizabeth Stratton, please email:



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