It is thirty years since the publication of John Buxton's and Penry Williams's irreplaceable New College, Oxford 1379-1979. It is also thirty years since the last great institutional change to College life, the arrival of women undergraduates. It is time to offer a new, different portrait of the College, less a formal history more an enjoyment of New College past and present.
With the help of extensive illustrations, the book reveals familiar and unexpected dimensions to the living, changing society of academics, staff and students. New College's luminous buildings and gardens have framed the memories of generations, but a college is more than stones and flora. The aim is to evoke the experience of people as well as of place.