Goodricke College's 50th Anniversary

The 2018/19 academic year marks our 50th Anniversary and we have an amazing weekend (31 May - 2 June) of events planned as the pinnacle of our celebratory year! Check out what's on below.

Remember, if you are a member of our alumni community, make sure that you are registered on York Space and have updated your details then you'll receive a special invitation to purchase your tickets to the Anniverary Dinner at the Merchant Taylors Hall , on what will be wonderful evening. Ticket price for the dinner is £30 per person and includes welcome drink on arrival and a glass of wine with your meal. To tempt you take a look at the menu below:



 What's happening over the Anniversary weekend?

Friday 31st May

Complimentary Alumni Welcome Reception


On Friday evening the College will be hosting a reception for any alumni who arrive on this day. Join the College Team and current students for drinks and canapes.

Saturday 1st June

The highlight of the weekend is 

Dinner at Merchant Taylors Hall (Ticket to be purchased)


We'll be serving pre-dinner drinks in this wonderful medieval hall before we take our seats for a splendid three-course meal. During the meal we'll be accompanied by a music playlist from the 1983-6 jukebox from Goodricke's own bar, McQ's. Meet other alumni, college staff and students to the sounds of Bob Dylan, Kid Creole and Coconuts, and many others. 

The dress code is lounge suit for men and dress/trouser suit for women. 


Before our anniversary dinner we've arranged lots of events for you to enjoy! Please note whilst some of the following events are complimentary for others there may be a fee to pay. 


Goodricke's Annual Music Festival which will be happening on Saturday 1 June from noon onwards. Activities include live bands, face-painting, zorbing, food vans, henna painting, jugglers, bouncy castles and much more.  Entry is free to Goodfest and you are welcome to drop in and out as you wish. 

Exclusive visit to the Treasurer's House 

1pm-2pm at the Treasurer's House in York (a group rate of £3.50 payable direct to Treasurer's House on arrival)

As part of Goodricke's 50th Anniversary year we have arranged an exclusive visit to the Treasurer's House in the centre of York. This is not to be missed! John Goodricke (1764-1786), after whom the College is named, was an astronomer who used the attic of the Treasurer's House to observe space. We will have the privilege of a tour of the attic (an area not normally open to the public). Please note that this venue has restricted accessibility as the attic and cafe can only be accessed via stairs.

Tour of the York Minster

2.30pm at the York Minster (a group rate of £8.50 is payable direct to the York Minster on arrival)

Whilst in York why not have a tour of the beautiful York Minster? We've arranged tours on your behalf to give you an opportunity to view one of the "world's most magnificent cathedrals!"

Tour of the University Library, Campus West, Campus East

We've arranged a number of tours that will take in the former site of Goodricke College, the Library and the development of Campus East. We hope you will enjoy this walk down memory lane and to see how campus has evolved and developed. Spaces are limited so you are advised to book.

  1. Tour of the University library starts at 1pm
  2. Tour of Campus West starts at 2pm
  3. Tour of Campus East starts at 4pm

Alumni Afternoon Tea


Take a break from the music of Goodfest to come and meet some current Goodricke students over a cup of Yorkshire tea (other beverages will be available). There will be cream scones too!

Sunday 2nd June

Sunday Lunch with Quiz*

12pm-2pm in the Piazza Restaurant, Campus East

Join the college team and current students for a 2 course lunch and quiz in the new Piazza building on Campus East.
*This is included as part of the ticket price for the Anniversary Dinner at the Merchant Taylors Hall.


Check out what we've done to celebrate our 50th Anniversary so far!

Goodricke College's 50th Anniversary London Launch!

Goodricke College held a launch in London to kick-off our our 50th-anniversary celebrations. We, along with lots of our alumni, met for drinks and snackson Thursday 8 November  at the  The Cork & Bottle in the middle of London(Leicester Square) 

It was great to catch up with University friends and staff and many of you stayed well after the launch! 

Holocaust Memorial Day event

Testimony of Holocaust survivor Marc Schatzberger

This event was organised by Regional Ambassadors of the Holocaust Educational Trust in conjunction with Constantine/Goodricke College and York Jewish Society.

We were very pleased to be involved in this event. The lecture was attended by almost 300 students and staff of the University. 

Marc was born in Vienna and was the son of Jewish parents from Poland. He recounts the antisemitism he experienced as a young boy in Austria. Marc’s parents made the agonising decision to send Marc on the Kindertransport to London. Marc will discuss what life was like in the Jewish Refugee’s Children Hostel in Margate where he was taken care of. 

Marc kept in contact with his parents until war was declared. He later found out that both his parents had been killed at Auschwitz concentration camp. Marc shared his testimony and answered questions from the audience. Hearing the testimony of a survivor was incredibly worthwhile and one everyone valued the opportunity to hear Marc speak. 

The event was free and donations on the day allow the Trust to continue in the fantastic work it does.

Goodricke College's 50th Anniversary Ceilidh

We held a Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) on the 1st November with Fiddler's Wreck playing for us! It was a great night of laughter and dancing, all very sociable even though many of didn't know the dances.  

Exclusive Visit to Treasurer's House

As part of Goodricke's 50th Anniversary year we arranged an exclusive visit to the  Treasurer's house , once home of John Goodricke, astronomer, on Saturday 16th March 2019.  A number of Goodricke students and Alumni enjoyed a private tour of the house, including the privilege of a tour of the attic (an area not normally open to the public).

John Goodricke (1764-1786), after whom the College is named, was an astronomer who used the attic of the Treasurer's House to observe space. As a result of this visit we have forged close ties with the Treasurer's House and can offer current students opportunities to volunteer as tour guides, events assistants etc. 

If you're an Alumnus of Goodricke College? 

Goodricke Alumni? Register to receive updates!

If you are a member of our alumni community, make sure that you are registered on York Space and have updated your details. We’ll be using the contact information that you’re registered under to get in touch once a programme has been finalised, and once tickets are on sale, so if you know you want to be in attendance, it’s really important that we have the right details.


You can stay in touch with our Social Media pages

We’ll be posting updates on the anniversary plans and photos from the archives on our Facebook page, so it’s a great place for instant updates on upcoming events and a way to connect with other alumni.


  • Join our Alumni Facebook Group
  • Tell us and your friends you are attending the event (or interested) on the Goodricke Weekend Event


Share your memories of Goodricke with us!

If you have photos or memories that you would like to share with us, and you’re happy for them to be featured either on our social media or during the anniversary events, then send them to :

or if you're a member of our Alumni Facebook Group why not post direct?


Why not be an Goodricke Alumni Leader in your area?

You may already have a thriving friendship network including alumni of Goodricke College and the University of York, or you may want to contact alumni in your area and share you experiences.  If you would like information or support on being an Alumni Network Leader in your region, country or just in your friendship group contact if you want to get involved.


Want to help out with our celebrations?

If you are a member of staff, a current student or an alumnus living in York and you'd like to help out during our celebrations, please email