TrinTalk: Great Expectations


This year’s Annual Members’ Luncheon took place on Sunday 28 September to great success and introduced a new format: TrinTalk 2014: Great Expectations. The day revolved around a series of short talks, with each lasting no longer than 12 minutes.

For those of you who didn’t make it to TrinTalk 2014: Great Expectations on the day, the talks are now available to watch on YouTube


“Perception in Depth – The Kinect Camera: Machines can now see in 3D, thanks to recent advances in technology, and can even understand some of what they see…”

Antony Gormley (1968) is one of the foremost sculptors of his generation. Antony read History of Art at Trinity.

“Speculative Sculpture: Exploring the primal experience of digital visions, including a utopian video game and 3D-printed objects that embody emotion. How can contemporary modes of production, such as digital fabrication, computer vision and video games lead to new forms of expression?”

“Innovating Like a Stem Cell”

“Engaging an Audience: A discussion of the challenges a classical singer faces as she compiles and adapts the programme for her show ‘from opera to popera to Broadway’ in the current climate of the entertainment industry”

“The North Pole Trek: In 2010, Dan set off with his girlfriend, now wife, to walk to the North Pole from Canada”.

“Surgery and Surgical Thinking for Health: What, why, how and importantly who operates (e.g. women in surgery). How can surgical thinking change how we view health, especially inequalities in health”.

“Who else was it going to be?!” Trinity on University Challenge: A brief personal account of how Trinity’s team became the reigning University Challenge champions.”

“Building a World Leading Tech Company”

“From Shakespearean Tragedy to the Internet of Things”

On Being a Senior Bursar – Sir John Bradfield (1942) discusses his time as the College’s Senior Bursar where he presided over a period of concerted financial growth

A Nation of Energy Champions? The UK’s energy policy trilemma is clear with climate change mitigation, security of supply and affordability looming large on the agenda but the solutions are less obvious. Can consumers make the difference? Reflections on encouraging greater participation in the energy system, behaviour change and sustainable lifestyles.


10:30 am

Tea & coffee on arrival

11:00 am

TrinTalk Session (5 talks)

12:00 pm

Drinks reception

12:30 pm

Lunch in Nevile's Court

2:00 pm

TrinTalk Session (5 talks)

3:00 pm

Tea & coffee

3:30 pm

Question time

4:00 pm

TrinTalk Closing Remarks

4:30 pm

Trinity College Choir Concert (for those who wish to attend)

5:00 pm



The Wren Library was completed in 1695 under the Mastership of Isaac Barrow, who persuaded his friend Sir Christopher Wren to design it. The building work was carried out under the supervision of a local master mason, Robert Grumbold, who chose exterior stone with a pinkish tinge from a quarry in Rutland; the stone catches the evening sun quite beautifully.

The Library has exquisite classical proportions and maximises space and light having bookcases below window level. The first floor is decorated with limewood carving by Grinling Gibbons and furnished with a series of Roubiliac marble busts of College alumni, including naturalist John Ray and his friend Francis Willoughby, Richard Bentley, Francis Bacon and Sir Isaac Newton. At the far end of the library is a statue by Thorvaldsen of Lord Byron. This was originally intended for Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey, but was refused; Trinity was glad to accept it.

Manuscripts and printed books are kept in the Wren Library and there is also a modern library and reading room, which are not open to visitors. Some of the College’s most notable manuscripts are displayed in the Wren Library, including an eighth century copy of the Epistles of St Paul, John Milton’s shorter poems in his own handwriting and the original manuscript of Winnie-the-Pooh.

There is a virtual tour of the Wren Library Available Online