A St John’s porter on duty outside the Great Gate in 1855.
The changing roles and responsibilities of St John’s College porters since the mid-19th century are profiled in a new exhibition in the School of Pythagoras. The display is the first in a series of exhibitions celebrating the College’s staff.
One of the many duties of the porters has always been to maintain and distribute keys and to this day they keep a key to almost every room, hall and cellar door in the College. They even hold one to the Master’s Lodge as historically they were expected to go and wake up the Master in the event of an urgent phone call.