Alumni Festival 2022

In celebration of the University's Alumni Festival 2022, we will be hosting a number of activities in Clare Hall on Saturday 24 September.

Booking information

Looking through art - Revealing some of the Masters' Secrets: a talk by Professor Erma Hermens

11am | Richard Eden Suite, Clare Hall

We often marvel at the amazing technical skills of artists and artisans when visiting museums. Through interdisciplinary research, combining technical art historical research with scientific analyses and imaging techniques, we try to unravel the act of making in all its facets, idiosyncrasies, and of course secrecy. In this talk, Professor Erma Hermens will discuss this process of unravelling, discovery and wonder, through fascinating case studies, also demonstrating our limitations, despite all this technology, in trying to get under the skin of the artist and artisan.

Professor Erma Hermens is Director of the Hamilton Kerr Institute for Easel painting Conservation and the Conservation and Science division at the Fitzwilliam Museum. She leads a team of conservators and heritage scientists, liaising between curators, conservators and scientists, combining art historical and contextual research of art with scientific analytical data, digital imaging, and art technological source research.

Tea and coffee will be served from 10.30am. The talk will run from 11am to 11.45am, with 10 minutes for questions.


To register for the talk (only):

Visit our Eventbrite page which is available here.

Please note that priority booking will be given to Clare Hall Life Members and Friends and is open now - external/other bookings will open on Monday 22 August. All bookings will close on Wednesday 7 September. 

Luncheon [Life Members and Friends only]

12 noon arrival drinks for a 12.30pm to 2pm luncheon | Dining Hall, Clare Hall

We hope you will join us for this opportunity to meet with friends and colleagues.

Tea and coffee will be served in the Common Room following the luncheon for those not attending the wine tasting session.


Southern Hemisphere Delights: wine tasting with Professor Stephen Bourne [Life Members and Friends only]

2pm to 3.30pm | Richard Eden Suite, Clare Hall

Stephen Bourne was for many years Wine Steward of Clare Hall and a Committee Member of The Wine Society. During this session he will demonstrate how fine wines from the Southern Hemisphere’s six principal wine-producing countries were influenced by the Old World but have developed their own distinctive styles. Do join us for a voyage of discovery!


To register for the luncheon and/or wine tasting:

Contact us directly via email at by Wednesday 7 September, confirming whether you would like to bring a guest and any dietary requirements. Children are welcome to attend the luncheon, however, the wine tasting session will not be suitable for under 18s.

Please note that capacity will be limited for these events, so please book early to avoid disppointment.