450th Anniversary

Welcome to our 450th Anniversary

Celebrating Jesus College through the ages

Jesus College was founded in 1571, and this year celebrates 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

A slice of history!

On 30th June 2021, we celebrated our Jesus College Giving Day, and to mark the occasion we commissioned a specially-designed ‘wisteria cake’, made for us by The Cake Shop in Oxford’s Covered Market. Our Principal, Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt FRS FrEng, cut the first slice, surrounded by College staff and our Giving Day mascots.


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.