TRADITIONS & EVENTS
THESE UNMISSABLE EVENTS ARE TRADITIONALLY HELD BY THE RSM THROUGHOUT THE YEAR,
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THE BOTTLE MATCH
Undoubtedly, the Bottle Match is the highlight of our annual calendar. It has been running since 1902, making it the second oldest rugby varsity match in the world, only out-aged by those at Oxbridge. Ancient rivalry between the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College London, and the Camborne School of Mines at Exeter University, ensures that each year the competition gets more fierce.
All of the RSM sports teams participate, in the disciplines of rugby, football, hockey, badminton, tennis, squash, lacrosse and netball. Despite this, the winner of the Bottle hinges entirely on the rugby match. The Bottle is the official match trophy, a 3 ft beer bottle ‘acquired’ by RSM students in 1946 from a Bass-Charrington beer lorry.
The competition is held alternatively in London and in Falmouth, Cornwall (the new home of CSM). In 2017 RSM hosted the event here in London and in 2018 it will be the turn of CSM to host. The competition takes place over one weekend, starting on Friday with the badminton, tennis, squash and netball matches, continuing on Saturday with the hockey, football and lacrosse matches, and culminating late on Saturday afternoon with the rugby match. A large and relatively informal players dinner is held on the Saturday night to celebrate the occasion and on Sunday, the visiting team departs, usually feeling a little worse for wear, whatever the results...!
For more on the history and past results, look at this reliable source.
FRESHER'S PUB CRAWL
The RSM Bar Crawl, held in fresher’s week will be your first glimpse at the social side of the department and seeing as you don’t want to be behind after the first week I suggest you come along! You will get to learn the local area a bit better as we go on a bar crawl around South Kensington, including our own Union Bar and Eastside and our motorised RSM Mascot “Clem” should be on hand to help you get to the next pub swiftly.
Shortly into the crawl you will learn that a Royal Miner bar crawl is not like any old bar crawl … we like to sing, and if you don’t, you will learn to like to sing. This evening will be a great chance for you to learn some of the RSM’s best songs which you will need for all RSM events throughout your time at Imperial. The crawl usually begins in the Union Bar and a map of the full route will be provided beforehand.
Once Fresher’s week ends it’s time to settle into university life and get cracking with your studies. Well, not quite if you’re in the RSM. There’s one last event to officially welcome you to your new Union. The unmissable Fresher’s Dinner is one of the best formal dinners you’ll ever attend. It’s one of the highlights of our social calendar and takes place in the second week of term to continue that fresher’s week feeling.
The dinner has a Lounge Suit dress code and kicks off with a drinks reception and a three course dinner, complete with speeches. Sounds very formal, I know. But fear not – in true RSM spirit the dinner will be guaranteed to be one of your most memorable freshers events. If you’re a Fresher, you’ll be paired up with a ‘buddy’ from the year above who will cover the costs of your drinks for the evening, which will be plenty! Don’t worry if you don’t drink, we cater for everyone – just make sure you come along and get to know the older years! If you’re already a student here, I’m sure the dinner needs no introduction to you.
Tickets will be on sale from the start of term, you can buy directly from us in the RSM Foyer (look out for details will be announced by email)!
Bar Nights are organised several times a term and are great social occasions to which everyone is invited. They are held in the Union Bar (the one with all the wooden panelling and shelves with tankards) and the first bar night takes place during Fresher’s Week.
Most of of the bar nights are themed and there can be a prize for the most ingenious costume. Inevitably, most bar nights usually end up with a strong contingent of students slithering to the nearby Slug in Fulham Broadway. There is no better way to catch up on all the latest RSM banter and sing a few songs.
As the festive season descends upon us, the annual Christmas Ball offers a unique opportunity for undergraduates, postgraduates, staff, alumni and anyone associated with the RSM to come together in celebration and hence promote cohesion within the community at this special time.
By early October, planning is already underway to set the date for the dinner and to find a suitable venue. The Ball is held in an external venue in the Kensington area. Details are announced in mid November, when tickets go on sale.
The ball is a black tie event, in most years starting with a champagne reception. Thereafter, a three course Christmas dinner is served with wine, and followed by live entertainment, late night bar and dancing. The mixture of the RSM and the festive spirit ensures that the evening always turns out to be a very memorable occasion for everyone, and a Christmas event you certainly don’t want to miss out on.