Grasshopper Index

Welcome to the Index of the Grasshopper, the Gresham Society's occasional paper for odd occasions.

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 19: April 1, 2024

Executive Director Richard Smith reports: In 2020 the College embarked on a new five-year strategy, energised by an increase in support from our two historic sponsors, the City of London Corporation and the Mercers Company. The strategy sought to grow and broaden the College’s audiences as well as equipping it to generate more of its own income for the first time....

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 18: Jan. 8, 2024

Michael Mainelli for Mayor! A Special Souvenir Supplement and the College welcomes Richard Smith OBE as the new Executive Director. He comes from the Bovington Tank Museum and has a background in the shipping industry...

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 17: Sept. 1, 2023

Chris Lintott (from Oxford, and one of the presenters of The Sky At Night) has been appointed as Professor of Astronomy; the composer Milton Mermikides as Professor of Music (currently with Surrey University and the Guildhall School of Music); Melissa Lane (from Princeton) as Professor of Rhetoric. Dominic Broomfield-McHugh (University of Sheffield) joins us as Visiting Professor of Film and Theatre Music...

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 16: June 19, 2023

We welcome three new members of Council: Wendy Mead OBE, Alderman (and past Lord Mayor) Vincent Keaveny and Deputy Nighat Qureishi. Plus Richard Smith will be joining as the new Executive Director from November...

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 15: April 1, 2023

College Notes: Three new professorial appointments have been made recently in Geometry, Music and Rhetoric. Names will be announced shortly...

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 14: Dec. 28, 2022

College News: Professors Sarah Hart and Leslie Thomas have had their tenure extended for a 4th year as professors. And Carolyn Roberts has been extended as a fellow. We welcome Paul Penny as the College’s new Broadcast and Video Production Manager; ...

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 13: Sept. 22, 2022

The College's 2022-3 Programme is out online, and you can read about all the new series on the Gresham College website at

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 12: June 24, 2022

New Professors: 2021-22 has been an exceptional year for professorial recruitment, with five new Professors and a Visiting Fellow...

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 11: April 1, 2022

The College is making progress in the airwaves as the audio version of the lectures are available here:; there were 227,000 downloads in January.

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 10: Dec. 6, 2021

An interview with Lucia Graves, Head of Communications (PR & Media) - To make Gresham College as widely known as possible for its excellent lectures and videos, and to make Gresham outputs - online and in person - as widely watched as possible.

The Grasshopper; Issue No 9: Sept. 3, 2021

An interview with Dr Clare Loughlin-Chow, Academic Registrar - The last year has been quite remarkable and almost unique in the College’s history. Staff had to work from home, whilst technical staff not only operated from home but also enabled some speakers to address an albeit empty hall.

The Grasshopper; Issue No 8: June 25, 2021

Welcome to Gresham’s new Head of Income Generation, Jess Goulson. Jess was previously Head of Major Gifts at Birkbeck College and will be leading Gresham's new fundraising and income generation programme.

The Grasshopper; Issue No 7: April 1, 2021

College Notes: Professor Edith Hall is re-filming her public lectures (not just those for Gresham, but all her lectures) and giving them away on YouTube: you can read about that at Edith

The Grasshopper; Issue No 6: Dec. 19, 2020

Season’s Greetings to all – and our thanks to former College Academic Registrar Dr Valerie Shrimplin for this contribution to Christmas Cheer, first produced at the Soirée in 2015:

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 5: Nov. 9, 2020

Dr Wendy Piatt has been appointed as Gresham's first CEO responsible for running the college and implementing the new Five-Year Plan. She comes to us from University College London and previously was inaugural CEO of the Russell Group of Universities. She has also served as a senior civil servant in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and the Department for Education and Skills.

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 4: Sept. 15, 2020

These are exciting times for the College with the new 5-Year Plan in prospect, plus a new house style. We hope to have an interview with the incoming Business Development Manager Dr. Wendy Piatt in the next edition of The Grasshopper.

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 3: July 28, 2020

We are delighted to introduce Wendy Piatt as the College’s new CEO. She has been at University College London since 2017. She was inaugural Director-General and CEO of the Russell Group of Universities and has served in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and the Department for Education and Skills. We hope to have an interview with her in a forthcoming edition of The Grasshopper.

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 2: June 16, 2020

Welcome to another edition of The Grasshopper. This is meant to be (and surely will be) an occasional paper, but there are a few more occasional oddities which justify putting thumb to keyboard and clocking up Issue No 2 that might provide a bit of light lockdown reading.

The Grasshopper; Issue No. 1: April 28, 2020

Welcome to the first revived edition of The Grasshopper with miscellaneous items of news, and hopefully some light but informed reading at the present time.