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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 – June 2018

May Boat 1935 stroked by Ran Laurie

Archive Image June 2018

As we prepare for this year’s May Bumps, our archive image of the month features the Selwyn College Boat Club crew of 1935.

It was stroked by William George Ranald ‘Ran’ Mundell Laurie (SE 1933), father of Hugh Laurie (SE 1978). Ran is seated second from the left in the photo. He went on to win a gold medal in rowing at the London 1948 Olympics.

Hugh Laurie said of him: “I remember rowing a pair with my father. I was a teenager in full-time training, six foot three and fourteen stone, he was GP in his mid-fifties who did a spot of gardening, and I had to go like hell to keep the boat straight. The power, and the will, was almost frightening. He simply never paddled light. He would jump off that stretcher as if he meant to break it.” (Battle of the Blues: The Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race from 1829, ed. Christopher Dodd & John Marks; 2004.)

Hugh Laurie followed in his father’s footsteps by rowing in the University Boat Race while he was at Selwyn.

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 of your time at Selwyn and they can also be uploaded directly here:

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Elizabeth Stratton, June 2018


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