A warm welcome (or welcome back)

by Cherish Watton on 13 October 2016

A warm welcome to all new and returning blog visitors. October is upon us, which can only mean one thing - the start of the Michaelmas term. The long vacation, like last year, has passed by very quickly!

Last summer, I spent much of the time in the eighteenth-century household of Parson James Woodforde, researching the role of his niece, Nancy in Weston Parsonage. This summer, I have been exploring the work of women in the forests during the Second World War, principally the Lumber Jills. The Women’s Timber Corps was an offshoot organisation of the Women’s Land Army, and worked towards increasing the home production of timber, owing to a shortage of imports from Norway. It’s been very interesting to research the work of these women in much greater depth. I’ve enjoyed getting to grips with studying photographs as sources and exploring more about material culture.

A new year and we are recruiting members for the Cavendish Chorale. We are sorry to lose our previous choir director, Susie Self, who is now undertaking a PhD in composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire. We are very lucky to welcome Chloe Allison who is taking over the reins. Chloe is currently studying for an MPhil in Musicology at Selwyn College. We very much look forward to welcoming some new members to our community choir, open to Lucy students, as well as female students at other colleges.For more information or to arrange an informal audition, please email the President, Jennifer Lo at: jl892@cam.ac.uk

Starting at Lucy, and at Cambridge, is both exciting, challenging and nerve-racking. Nothing can quite prepare you for the Cambridge experience. But rest assured, everything will feel that bit more normal by Week 3...if not before….

Wishing everyone a great start to the year!