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Robinson May Balls

Robinson May Balls have been around since the early 1980s. An event called Castle Carnival was held in 1983, followed by the Barefoot Ball, the first full blown May Ball, in 1984. The image here shows a selection of flyers from the 1980s and 1990s [Archive ref. RCCS 2/6/1/3/2]. We are trying to pull together a full set of Ball ephemera such as posters, flyers, programmes, tickets and wristbands. This project received a boost with a large collection of 21st century posters donated by Dr Chris Warner in 2019. Relevant materials also pop up from less likely sources: for example, the flyer for the 1996 Ball, ‘Tribal’, pictured here, was found amongst the archives of Pembroke College and kindly passed on by the Pembroke archivist in March 2021.