The University of Oxford, the oldest learning institution in the world, has propelled its students to success in every corner of the globe. Last week, we invited the Oxford alumni of San Francisco to dust down their university robes for an exclusive event at the Timothy Oulton gallery, to reconnect with fellow alumni and discover a modern taste of university life with the Oxford Collection by Timothy Oulton.

Over 60 guests arrived in their Oxford gowns to mingle with old and new faces as they lounged on the Senior Common Room sofa or searched for their old house crest in the framed wall art. It was a true British celebration with every detail thought out, even the light bites were traditional British favourites from black pudding topped with a quail egg to succulent lamb with mint chutney.

British rock and roll played all night long but the lively group were largely too busy chatting to notice, having a great time and feeling very at home with a glass of gin and tonic or champagne in hand. A plethora of professions included doctors, attorneys, professors and engineers with animated conversation flitting between university stories and amazement at the surrounding furniture. Inspired by Oxford’s 800 year old heritage, pieces like the Refectory dining table bought back memories of Oxford’s vast dining halls while the Butterfly table, handmade using real butterfly specimens, nods to the entomological displays at Oxford’s Museum of Natural History.

One lucky guest was the winner of the Tutor’s armchair, reminding of those weekly discussions in the Tutor’s room between student and teacher.

A vibrant collection, a homage to heritage, and a celebration of the talent that this historic British institution continues to nurture.