History of Art Department 50th Anniversary Party 29 June – photos!

On 29 June we had the department party to end all parties, with over 200 people out in Gordon Square to celebrate fifty years of History of Art at Birkbeck, preceded by reunion parties for students from all five decades of the department’s existence. We were so chuffed to see many of our former and current students there, and to be able to catch up with much missed former staff as well. Emeritus colleagues Francis Ames-Lewis, Peter Draper and Will Vaughan all spoke, reviewing the history of the department and sharing funny and poignant personal reminiscences of teaching and working at Birkbeck. Department administrators Susan El Ghoraiby and Clare Thomas led a crack team of helpers who made it a really celebratory event. Thanks to all, including to College photographer Dominic Mifsud for these lovely photos:

This group includes everyone who was at the party who has worked, is working or will soon work for the department