Summary Transcript of a long lost article by my hero Eglantyne Jebb that was buried in the Library of Wales. You can find the article here -in The Welsh Outlook, December 1914. I’ve transcribed it below for ease of access. WHERE WILL THE WAR LEAD TO BARBARISM OR TO A HIGHER CIVILIZATION? MANY of those … More Where will the War lead? To barbarism or to a higher civilisation?
Summary i.e. one based in Cambridge that is even bigger than the one held at Wood Green or the East Anglian event I was at today I had a nice day out in Stowmarket at the East Anglia Museum of Living History for their annual living history fair. It took about an hour to get there … More What would a massive Cambridge Living History Fair look like?
Summary In researching the impact that women had on transforming Cambridge from a patriarchal feudal town dominated by the university into a modern city, Votes for Women inevitably features. But do we know the full story? TL:DR. No, we don’t know the full story. The first hint at the role the women of Cambridge in … More Cambridge Suffragists and Votes for Women
Summary Past, present and future of a long-fought-over part of Cambridge I was quoted in an article on The Grafton Centre’s revamp in the Cambridge News recently (see here) as it goes through an £18m refurb. The [loaded] question they asked was whether readers wanted to see it become like the Grand Arcade – to … More The Grafton Centre & The Kite, Cambridge
Summary A high profile councillor so popular that Cambridge Labour Party named their new headquarters after him I made a short video about Dr Alex Wood in the 2017 election campaign, with a view to writing a longer blogpost about him. This is it. It was very hot that day! Dr Alex Wood: Scotsman, physicist, … More Cllr Dr Alex Wood of the Cambridge Labour Party
Summary Thoughts following a tour of textiles at a now redundant masterpiece I was at the redundant church of All Saints in Cambridge for their event on textiles of the building and vestments. It was a church that started out life opposite Trinity College, but moved in the mid-1800s because as you can see below, the … More All Saints Church Cambridge – a hidden gem?
Summary Cambridge borough was a Conservative seat throughout the 1920s with Sir Douglas Newton as our MP. A time of splits between the Labour and Liberal parties plus partisan press support from the Cambridge Chronicle feature prominently. Many of the screenshots for this post came from the Cambridgeshire Collection on the 3rd floor of the … More Sir Douglas Newton and the Cambridge Conservatives of the 1920s
Summary Reaching information overload means it is ever so easy to lose focus – and also miss essential details. The problem with trying to write a history of a place like Cambridge is that the sources are many and varied. Furthermore, some of the really interesting nuggets are hidden away in books that are described … More Isolating the stories within Cambridge’s town and civic history
Summary Looks like I have a very long reading list over the summer – and note some of the differences between documents covering local contemporary history vs more distant local history. I spent today in the Cambridgeshire Collection where I asked about all the academic works that had been deposited in the collection over the … More Striking local history gold after lots of digging
Summary On discovering a series of her historical columns in the Cambridgeshire Collection. This video from the Fens Museums is a nice background. And this is local historian Mike Petty MBE who worked with her. …who I met in the said building here. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Life Magazine Think of ‘Country Life’ magazine but … More Enid Porter – curator of the Cambridge & County Folk Museum