The Atkin Society is the College Society for all Magdalen lawyers, and is named after Lord Atkin, a Magdalen lawyer best known for his judgement in Donoghue v. Stevenson, the case of the snail in the ginger beer bottle. The society promotes stronger interactions between students and fellows of Law in Magdalen, and has a number of exciting events in the calendar, highlights including the Atkin Society Dinner Moot, and the Christmas Dinner.
The Florio Society meets to appreciate the poems of its members, with meetings usually inviting anonymous contributions on a subject or theme. They are read aloud at meetings, with critical discussion following. Find out more about the Florio Society here.
Magdalen Film Society
Definitely one of the most popular College societies, the Magdalen Film Society holds weekly screenings in the Magdalen Auditorium, which has a large cinema screen, 200 seats, and even cinema curtains! Films range from old classics to foreign films and popular new movies. Anyone can come along for just £3 a night, which gets you entrance to two films (when there are two) plus a free wine or juice. Membership options are also available, for £10 for a term, £20 for a year or £45 for life. Find out more here.
Magdalen Music Society
The Magdalen Music Society covers a wide range of genres and aims to be inclusive of all types of music. Informal weekly recitals are held in the College Auditorium throughout term, and any member of College may attend or perform in them. There are also other concerts and performances that are held. The Music Society runs a number of ensembles: an orchestra, a saxophone ensemble, and a singing group, and has also started Open Mic nights and Jazz Nights in the OKB. The Magdalen Singers, the Music Society’s non-auditioning mixed choir, rehearses every week during Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, with a concert at the end of each term. Singers from Magdalen and other colleges are welcome to join.
For more information, see the Music Society web page here.
The Magdalen Players are the College’s drama society, which claims a long and illustrious history of famous names, including Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Dudley Moore. The Players help with productions across the University, and also holds fortnightly rehearsed readings as well as putting on a number of plays each year, including the highly anticipated annual Magdalen College Garden Show, held in the President’s Garden. Find out more on the Magdalen Players website.
The Sherrington Society is the University-wide medical society based at Magdalen, and named after Sir Charles Sherrington, a Nobel-prize winning Magdalen Fellow. The society regularly hosts speakers in the medical field to encourage debate on topical issues. Students of medicine, human sciences, biomedical sciences, and experimental psychology receive termly updates of the society’s talks and social events. A highlight of the social calendar is the end of year dinner in Trinity Term. For more information, please see the Sherrington Society web page.