450th Anniversary

Welcome to our 450th Anniversary

Celebrating Jesus College through the ages

In 2021 Jesus College is celebrating its 450th anniversary. This section provides information on all our upcoming events and activities throughout the year, as well as our #Jesus450 digital exhibition ’12 Objects’ .

You can also find out more about our new illustrated history ‘Jesus College Oxford of Queene Elizabeth’s Foundation – The First 450 years’,  edited by Emeritus Fellow Dr Felicity Heal, and our special 450th clothing range.

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450th Anniversary Events

Join us to celebrate this milestone in the College's history


The Global Stage of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

Thursday 17th June 2021

19.30 – 20.30

The Global Stage of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries’ will feature some of the finest actors from across the University, and explore how Shakespeare and his contemporaries depicted new, old, and imaginary worlds, exotic peoples and fellow-Europeans, voyages of discovery and travels of the mind. Rife with battles, treachery, greed, and romance – and with a cameo by our founder, Queen Elizabeth I herself – these scenes will be introduced by Dr Brandi Adams, incoming Assistant Professor of English at Arizona State University.



12 Objects

A digital exhibition of the College's treasures

12 Objects is a 450th Anniversary digital exhibition series which tells Jesus College’s rich and vibrant story through some of the objects in our collection. Curated by a range of expert contributors, led by Helen Morag Fellow Professor Paulina Kewes and College Archivist Dr Robin Darwall-Smith, this series brings to life the stories of the people who have made the Jesus community what it is today. Each month we announce a new object, explore its history and get a 21st Century perspective from one of our contributors.

Click here to view our 12 Objects exhibition.

450th Anniversary Store

Buy now

Visit the Jesus College 450th Anniversary Store page, where you can find links to ordering our new illustrated College history Jesus College Oxford of Queene Elizabeth’s Foundation – The First 450 years’, and a selection of 450th Anniversary t-shirts and sweatshirts. Click here.