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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 – August 2017

Jonzen figures in the Chapel, 1957

Archive Image of the Month – July 2017 

Visitors to the College Chapel are struck by the contrast with the woodwork around the walls and the bronze figures on the wall above the altar. These figures, representing the Ascension, were erected in 1957 as part of the ongoing scheme for the decoration of the Chapel since its foundation in 1893. The sculptor, Karin Jonzen, had been recommended by Nikolaus Pevsner and the figures were dedicated by the Bishop of Ely on the eve of Ascension Day 1957 (and not 1958 as is recorded in various sources).

Jonzen (1914-1998) was born in London to Swedish parents. She studied first at the Slade School of Fine Art and subsequently the City and Guilds Art School at Kennington as well as the Royal Academy in Stockholm. She later served as an ambulance driver in World War II. Her commissions included a figure for the Sports Pavilion in the Festival of Britain and she was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy. She also painted various individuals including one of Selwyn’s alumni, Malcolm Muggeridge (SE 1920). Correspondence and other papers relating to artists including Jonzen are in his Archives at Wheaton College in Illinois.

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, August 2017

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