Glass Reflections
Glass in the Year of Light
7th to 9th September 2015

University of Cambridge
Murray Edwards College

article posted 30 Sep 2014
The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, 2015 (IYL 2015) is a United Nations observance that aims to raise awareness of the achievements of light science and its applications, and of its importance to humankind. To see the IYL2015 Fact Sheet please click  here. 

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Murray Edwards College

The College was founded as 'New Hall' in 1954 to bring more women of outstanding potential to Cambridge. At that time the University of Cambridge had the lowest proportion of women undergraduates of any UK university. So this foundation was intended to be exclusively for women in the hope that the number of female students in the University would increase. In 1954 its first intake numbered just 16 students.

In 1962, the Darwin family gave their family home 'The Orchard' to this fledgling College to give it a site of its own. Architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon were selected to design a new building and by 1964 it was able to move from its temporary site in Silver Street to a location capable of accommodating 300 students.

Following a generous donation of 30 million from Ros Edwards, a former student, and her family, New Hall could be endowed as a College proper, thus fulfilling the ambitions of its First President, Dame Rosemary Murray. So in 2008 it announced its permanent name of Murray Edwards College.

For a more comprehensive history, including college archives please visit the
Murray Edwards College website.

Travel information to Murray Edwards


Facilities in the bedroom include

Society of Glass Technology Conference 2010- New Block

Your accommodation is one of the 3 blocks, Old Block New Block and Buckingham House.

Murray Edwards
University of Cambridge
Huntingdon Road


The presentations will be given in the Viven Stewart Room and The Long Room