Maitland Society

The Maitland Society is Downing’s esteemed History society. Typically twice per term, it hosts a guest speaker who lectures on a chosen topic – often something that they are currently researching – followed by a formal dinner in hall.

In Michaelmas term, George Meyers lectured on ‘Queer citizenship in 1990s Britain', and Gareth Atkins gave a talk on: ‘The Essex Girl and the Emperor: Ancient Britain in the Nineteenth Century. In Lent, Professor Helen McCarthy presented 'Writing the History of Women, Work and Care from the Industrial Revolution to Covid 19'.

The annual Maitland Society Dinner takes place in Easter term, where students dressed up as a historical character of their choice. The Maitland Centenary dinner will be held in this upcoming Michaelmas term, where students and alumni will celebrate 100 years of the society’s existence.


President: Ellie Fitchet