A FREE lecture will be given to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the admission of women to a college at Durham University.

Durham graduate Elspeth Talbot Rice QC– a silk practising at the Chancery Bar from chambers in London– will give the Annual Fellows’ Lecture of St Cuthbert’s Society. Her lecture, entitled If You Thought You Owned Your Own Limbs, Think Again, will give an entertaining account of ancient and modern quirks of the law.

She will talk about the case which led to the acquittal of a man charged with possessing an imitation firearm on the basis that he could not possess his unsevered hand and fingers, which he had used in his pocket to imitate a gun in a robbery. Other cases under examination include whether Jaffa Cakes are cakes or biscuits and whether the Star Wars Imperial Stormtroopers’ helmets are sculptures.

The lecture will be in room ER201, Elvet Riverside, New Elvet Durham, on Friday at 6pm. No need to book and the venue is accessible. For details email cuthberts.reception@durham.ac.uk