Olivia to explore secret histories at Cambridge

AN aspiring young Ripon Grammar School historian has been selected to take part in a University of Cambridge workshop.

Olivia Briggs, from Middleham, will be joining 20 students from all over the country to explore hidden stories of the past at Clare College with tutors and researchers.

The 17-year-old, studying chemistry, maths and history at A-level, won her place after taking part in a six-week online lecture series as part of RGS’s Plus One enrichment programme.

Currently working on her extended project qualification on the Magdalen laundries, she aims to study history at university.

Olivia, who is also working towards her gold Duke of Edinburgh award and helps support Year 7 maths students, applied to expand her historical knowledge and gain an insight into university-style teaching.

The lectures she has already attended covered topics including forgotten female WWI scientists, the impact of the death of President Kennedy on the Vietnam war and the use of religious iconography in medieval Britain.

Now she is looking forward to lectures in person on everything from medieval astrology to alchemical mysteries.

“It all takes place in the Fellows’ Library, which is usually only open to fellows at the university. We will also get a tour of the college and advice on university applications.

Olivia also plays the saxophone, works as a lifeguard and, when she has time, enjoys playing golf.