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Updated plans for Summer 2020 - AGM, ePéritif and Guest Lecture


Our usual summer reunion is not taking place this year, but we have put in place a special programme for Saturday 18th July with an e-peritif drinks event and special talk by Dr Clare Barlow. Dr Barlow is currently Exhibitions Curator at the Science Museums Group, formerly Assistant Curator at the National Portrait Gallery and, whilst at Tate Britain, curator of the 2017 major loans exhibition “Queer British Art 1861 - 1867”. She is one of Britain’s most prominent art historians, and a really engaging speaker.



We cannot be together in our smart dress in Wills but we can be together as the Wills Hall alumni and invite members, friends and guests to dress up – not necessarily black tie and ball gowns but smart! Of course, anyone is most welcome to the evening activities so please don’t feel that you need to do anything more than join in. 


There will be two bottles of “Old Wills” gin on offer during the evening: 

  1. One for a lucky attendee at the AGM will have their name drawn at random,
  2. One for the participant of E-péritif & Guest Lecture we feel has made most effort to dress up or makes the most striking effect!  

The programme is as follows: 

  • 5:30 pm – Annual General Meeting
  • 6:15 pm – E-péritif & Guest Lecture
    • Introduction including “A Year in Wills Hall” by Terri Boardman, JCR President 19-20.
    • Guest lecture by art historian, Dr Clare Barlow, Exhibitions Curator at the Science Museums Group.
    • Questions and Answers hosted by Professor Robert Vilain
  • 6:50 pm – Interval
  • 7:00 pm - Questions and Answers continued 
  • 7:30 pm – Close 

We will be having our traditional toasts to as part of the introduction so please do keep a glass of something chilled and refreshing on hand!  

How to get involved? 

We will be hosting the AGM, E-péritif & Guest Lecture on Zoom. Sign up for a free ticket at: 



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London Reception

Save the date for our London Reception. This will take place at the Royal Automobile Club on Thursday 24th March 2021 with tickets priced at £20 (minimum donation).

Full details of how to book will be made available closer to the time.

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Summer Reunion 2020 - Cancelled

After consultation with the University of Bristol, the Bristol Branch of the Alumni Association and our colleagues in the other Halls of Residence Associations, we have agreed that under current circumstances and following government advice about travel and large gatherings we should cancel our summer reunion this year. We have not taken this decision lightly but we all agree that right now, this is the best decision for our members, guests and the University staff.

We do hope that you received our excellent End of Year Bulletin which brought you up to date with much of the recent work the WHA has done and the Committee will consider how best to produce our Yearbook which usually lands on your doormats and inboxes in the Spring. The WHA Committee had the pleasure of meeting with the JCR Committee in Hall a few weeks ago to hear about their events, fixtures and activities and we can report that the current students have had a busy term. The University has now finished teaching for an extended Easter break and we are sure that you join us in wishing the current Hall community a happy and healthy break.

We will write to you again later in the year with details of future events, reunions and publications but for now, we want to wish you all the very best, please do look after yourselves and we hope to see you back in Wills Hall very soon.

Charles Gunter & Robert Vilain
Chair and President

Wills Hall Association


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Arthur Graves Memorial Lecture 2020

We have rescheduled this event for Thursday 16th April and will be held virtually.

The talk will hosted via the online platform, Zoom and will be in two parts. All you need to do is click on the link and follow the instructions to join the talk. We will wait until shortly after 7 pm to start as we know that technology does not always perform well under pressure.

Links for the talk

• 7 pm - Part 1 - followed by a short break then,

• 7.40 pm – Part 2

Kim will talk to us about his work and then move to a Q & A. Attendees can either type their question in the chat box on the screen or ask it via their microphone at the appropriate moment. This is a first for the WHA so please be patient as we iron out the kinks!



The Wills Hall Association present the Arthur Graves Memorial Lecture, on Saturday 7th March at 2 pm:

"From Wills to Whitehall"

Kim Slim, LLB Law 2016, Wills Hall 2013-15 
Head of Grenfell Rehousing and Resettlement, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 

Kim has worked on Grenfell recovery for over 2 years and previously worked for the Minister for Children and Families in the Department for Education. He will discuss his journey from Bristol law student to British civil servant, the challenges of working in domestic policy in a fluid political environment and managing the Government’s response to the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017.

This event is free and open to all students, staff and alumni. It will be followed by tea and cake. Tickets can be booked at:


The Arthur Graves Memorial Fund was established to provide annually (or as funds permit) for fees and expenses incurred in connection with a lecture in memory of Arthur Graves, fifth Warden of Wills Hall, on a topic to be agreed with the Hall in discussion with representatives of the Wills Hall Association, but normally consonant with Colonel Graves' own wide national and international interests and experience. When funds permit, they may be deployed to support other educational activities or events in Wills Hall or in cooperation with other University of Bristol Residences.



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London Reception 2019

The Annual London Reception organised by the Wills Hall Association takes place this autumn. Attendees will receive a warm welcome to enjoy drinks and canapés in the beautiful surroundings of The Royal Automobile Club.

Due to the popularity of this event, tickets are initially only aviable to be purchased by members of the Association for themselves and their guests.

If you wish to join the Wills Hall Association, please go to our website:

Subject to availability, a limited number of tickets may be made available to other Wills alumni at a later date.


Tickets are available on Eventbrite or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Venue: The St James’s Room, The Royal Automobile Club, 89 Pall Mall, London SW1

Cost: There is a minimum donation of £17.50 per person (excluding applicable online booking/processing fees). The minimum donation for the later release of tickets will be £20.00.

Dress Code: Lounge suits

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