Peterhouse has an active community of student run societies. Our lovely tiered theatre and Parlour are frequently used to host exciting speakers (with complimentary refreshments just outside!) To give just a taster of what goes on, we’ve recently had Nobel Laureate John Gurdon speaking about his research on stem cells as part of our Kelvin (Science) Club, a conversation with renowned art historian and feminist Griselda Pollock at the Beard (Feminism) Society as well as Margaret Thatcher’s official biographer,Charles Moore, speaking about her life at the Politics Society.
The Heywood (theatre) Society performs several plays a year, including the Freshers’ play in first term and Shakespeare in the Deer park in the Summer. Petreans are involved as actors (no previous experience required), and by helping with lighting, costume design, advertising etc.
Peterhouse has two music rooms (with pianos) and an orchestra which caters for performers of all abilities. Peterhouse students can also attend concerts in college from world-renowned musicians for a hugely discounted price.There are several singing groups- singing everything from pop to classical. Peterhouse particularly benefits from a wonderful community of friendly but dedicated singers in the form of our Chapel Choir; in addition to performing regularly at college services, the Chapel Choir has also sung at destinations including Amsterdam, Venice and Westminster Abbey. Choir members get free professional singing lessons and free formal dinners after all practices/services!
Peterhouse also includes an active Christian Union, college newspaper and quizzing society (from which emerged the University Challenge winning Peterhouse team in 2016!). There is also an excellent Film Society, a hilarious Bad Film society as well as societies for gaming, wine tasting, card games and chess.