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Murray Edwards College

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Murray Edwards College


Huntingdon Road


Tel: 01223 762100

The Murray Edwards Story

Murray Edwards College was founded as ‘New Hall’ in 1954; six years after the University began awarding women degrees. The College opened its doors to just 16 students in that first year, who resided in temporary accommodation while funds continued to be raised for a permanent home. This came in 1965, with the opening of its current buildings which were designed by Chamberlain, Powell and Bonn.

The College adopted its current name ‘Murray Edwards College’ in 2008, following a donation of £30 million from former student Ros Smith (Mrs Edwards) and her husband Steve Edwards.

The name was chosen to recognise the generosity of the Edwards family and to honour the remarkable first College president Dame Rosemary Murray, who studied Chemistry at Oxford University and became one of the first women at Lady Margaret Hall to achieve a DPhil.


Murray Edwards College is home to the New Hall Art Collection

The New Hall Art Collection is a unique collection of art by women can be found throughout this Cambridge College, bringing alive the 1960’s experimental architecture. The New Hall Art Collection is the second largest collection of artworks by women in the world and includes paintings, sculpture, mixed materials pieces, comic strips and more.

This Collection, accredited by Arts Council England in 2018, is of modern and contemporary art, which was founded in 1986 with the purchase of Mary Kelly’s six-part work Extase, has evolved through gifts and loans from artists and alumnae and today includes over five hundred works by artists of international quality and renown – including Barbara Hepworth, Elizabeth Frink, Paula Rego, Maggi Hambling and Judy Chicago.

The Accreditation from Arts Council England ensures that the collection and the visitor experience is maintained to a set of industry standards based on 3 principals: care of artworks, customer experience and general management of the collection.

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2020 Opening Times (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

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