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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 – May 2019

Ramsay Murray Lecture

Archive Image 79 May 2019 

This month’s archive image features a photograph of a college group, probably a boat crew, seated on the garden steps and includes Alexander Michael St Leger Ramsay Murray, who can be seen in the back row on the right. We are grateful to the biographer who sent us the photograph for the archives.

Lt Col Ramsay Murray (1917-1994), who was at Selwyn in the 1930s, gave a generous bequest to the college, including funds to purchase a boat for the (male) first eight and to construct wrought iron gates for the West Bye Lane entrance to the college from West Road. He also made a significant endowment for the annual Ramsay Murray lecture, the first of which was given in 1996, and on 10 May this year will be given by the distinguished historian, Professor David Reynolds FBA.

Ramsay Murray was a member of the college boat club when he was a student and also coached later on and remained a supporter of the boat club throughout his life. He was a keen athlete, and medals from his competitions are also in the archives. He later joined the Royal Artillery and served with them during and after World War II. His diaries, which include descriptions of his student days at Selwyn, are now at the Royal Artillery Museum, which is moving to Salisbury Plain.

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.

Previous archive images can be seen here.

Elizabeth Stratton, May 2019


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