Howard Foundation

(Reg UK Charity
No 285822)

Established 1982



2015 News


September Update

The 3rd Macular Carotenoids Conference was duly held from 8th to 10th July at Downing College: See for conference photos and videos.

The book "A Classical Adventure - The Architectural History of Downing College Cambridge" by Tim Rawle, Fellow Commoner of Downing College, and sponsored by the Foundation, was launched at the Howard Theatre on 10th September. Copies are available through the publisher, The Oxbridge Portfolio,, cover price £30 (ISBN 978-0-9572867-4-0)


Foreword by Jon Howard

Introduction and Acknowledgements

The Cambridge Colleges before 1800 and Downing

Born of a Romantic Age: Downing, Last of the Old Colleges, First of the New

Concepts and Ideas: the Competition to Build Downing College

Twentieth Century Architects before 1983

Contemporary Downing and the Architecture of Quinlan and Francis Terry

Recent Projects

Looking ahead

Author's Afterword

The Downing May Ball 2015


Picture Credits


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The following events are scheduled for 2016, supported by the Howard Foundation, for evening performances by Cambridge Early Music in the Howard Theatre (

Sunday 15th May - Festival of the Voice

Saturday 16th July - "The Concert of Europe: Napoleon and the Musical World", with Anneke Scott (natural horn, and Steven Devine (fortepiano), in conjunction with a weekend visit to the College by the Regency Society of Brighton (

March Update


On 20th February the Howard Laboratory was formally opened by Mr Paudie Coffey, Irish Minister of State, at Waterford Institute of Technology’s €4 million Vision Research Centre which houses the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG). The analytical chemical laboratory, funded by the Foundation, brings all MPRG activity onto one site, and will enable MPRG to conduct more clinical trials, and help to expand its work from eye health to include the link between human nutrition and wellbeing (see:


Events at the Howard Theatre or Howard Building at Downing College for this year, as currently booked or held, and supported by the Foundation, consist of:


Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman:        19-21 February                             Downing Dramatic Soc (

Agamemnon by Aeschylus: 26-28 February:   26-8 February                                Downing Dramatic Soc, in the Howard Building

Home from Home with Jane Lapotiere:              26 February                                    Granta Committee to support Jimmy’s Night shelter (

One Act Play Competition:                               12-14 March                                  Downing Dramatic Soc

Fifth Catalysis Conference                                27-9th March                                  Downing Development Office (

Hugh Shirreff Lecture by Tim Rawle                 7th July                                             Historic Houses Assoc (

3rd Macular Carotenoids Conference                8th-10th July                                    Howard Foundation (

Play Event by “Duke” Ryan:                             17 July                                             (

Piano Concert with Actors:                               26 July                                             Cambridge Summer Music (


The Architectural History of Downing College, a book by Tim Rawle, sponsored by the Foundation, is due to be published on 10th September, and advance copies can be ordered at discount through the publisher, see; the Foundation has also supported a glossy flyer promoting the work to be incorporated into a College mailing sent to members and alumni in late February.