Summary A random find after keyword searching through the name of a long lost pub – The Wrestlers in Petty Cury (which was one of the most well-known at the time) From this article in the British Newspaper Archive – one easily missed but also quite significant, this appears to record the formation of the first … More One of Cambridge’s first trade unions forms in 1872. In a pub.
Summary Signing up for a free account with Britain From Above means you get access to incredibly detailed versions of photos of Britain from the sky taken up to 100 years ago. The website is at https://britainfromabove.org.uk/ I’ve shared a number of detailed snaps taken after zooming into particular parts of individual photos on the Lost … More Zooming into the photographic details of Lost Cambridge with Britain From Above
Cambridge used to host the county jail – or gaol as they spelt it in the olden days. This is what it looked like from the top of Castle Hill. Image courtesy of the Museum of Cambridge – they’ve reopened following their spring clean so do go and visit! I stumbled across this article in … More Cambridge County Gaol as described in 1861
This part follows on from the previous blogpost here. “And through all this time while we were building up those new services, there was a constant effort to get women on to public bodies where their experience and their capacities could be used for the benefit of all. “It was our branch which started a … More Clara Rackham’s last public speech in 1962 – Part 2.
This was at the Golden Jubilee of the Cambridge Branch of the once mighty National Council for Women, held at the University Arms Hotel. Just prior to that speech, one of Cambridge’s greatest women, Baroness Barbara Wootton had just given a speech. She was educated at The Perse Girls, and Girton, and a pioneer of … More Clara Rackham’s last public speech in 1962 – Part 1.
Summary When the third attempt at getting some votes for women was voted down by the all-male House of Commons, the President of the Cambridge Women’s Suffrage Association wrote this letter to her members. Transcribed from the original held in the Cambridgeshire County Archives. The Past – The Future “Letter from Mrs Heitland, President of … More MPs vote down the 1912 Conciliation Bill – Margaret Heitland of CWSA is furious
One of the files inside the Cambridgeshire County Archive is this poster This event was one of the largest public meetings in Cambridge, and what follows from the British Newspaper Archive is an account of that meeting published in the Cambridge Independent, a Liberal supporting newspaper and pro-suffrage too. WOMEN’S FIGHT FOR THE VOTE. CROWDED … More Cambridge Association for Women’s Suffrage at the Corn Exchange, 1909
Summary What the newspaper archives tell us vs what people on Twitter tell us It was Mike Petty who wrote in his guide on Cambridge’s Commons that Parker’s Piece got its central street lamps installed in 1894 – what locals today call ‘Reality Checkpoint.’ Various urban legends have emerged since then. We can’t really start a … More Reality Checkpoint – the story behind the lamps at the centre of Parker’s Piece
The Cambridge University Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage organised this meeting at The Guildhall in February 1913. Digitised by the British Newspaper Archive. The Earl Russell in this case is the grandson of the first Earl Russell – and would go onto become the first peer to join the Labour Party. Also at the meeting … More Cambridge suffragists condemn militant suffragettes
Summary The local history goldmine that is the British Newspaper Archive posted this: We're excited to begin our month of #Suffrage with the addition of The Suffragette to The Archive! This month we'll blog about individual suffragettes, share headlines of key events, and announce more suffrage-related newspapers being added. #Vote100 https://t.co/ZQUXHoYRjG pic.twitter.com/k9RaMtrJZU — The British … More British Newspaper Archive digitises ‘Suffragette Magazine’ and shines a light on the Cambridge Suffragettes