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“May Ball” Library Display

Did you know that back in 1949-50 the RAU May Ball had a different name? In the Royal Agricultural College Journal it is referred to as the “Summer Term Dance”. Then, in the following year, it changed its name to the “Summer Term Ball”. The “May Ball” title was introduced in 1953, coinciding with the Queen’s coronation.

may ball

You may also be interested to know that in 1991 Jools Holland – pianist, bandleader, host of “Later… with Jools Holland” on BBC2, and former member of Squeeze performed here at the RAU, as did the band Dr. Feelgood, an energetic British pub rock band which formed in 1971 and were ‘punk before punk’!

The RAU Library’s ”May Ball” display includes tickets, posters, photographs, menu cards, programmes and reviews that clearly demonstrate the change in attitude and tradition of this form of student entertainment over the decades.


This interesting display can be seen on your right as you enter the library.


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This entry was posted on April 28, 2017 by in Archives, News and tagged , , , .


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