The Blake Society is Downing's Humanities Society. Blake puts on lectures, discussions, wine tastings, potery making, poetry reading, sketch sessions and a variety of social occasions across the academic year.

We provide a meeting place for all students with an interest in the humanities, whatever their nominal subject of study. Highlights of last year’s calendar included poetry readings at the Master’s Lodge, lectures on historical feminists in the Music Room and our annual black-tie dinner with the society’s patron, and perhaps Downing’s most notable alumnus, Quentin Blake.