Stanley Buckmaster KC selected as the Liberal Candidate for Cambridge Borough – 1903

Summary Barrister Stanley Buckmaster KC was selected by the Cambridge Liberal Party as their candidate for Cambridge Borough – and he would become MP in 1906 in a closely fought election campaign. Lord Buckmaster shortly after becoming Lord Chancellor, via WikiP. Fortunately the article covering his inaugural¬†speech as candidate summarised the key points from his … More Stanley Buckmaster KC selected as the Liberal Candidate for Cambridge Borough – 1903

The first free government funded non-religious schools in Cambridge

Summary The Elementary Education Act 1891¬†empowered the Department for Education to fund elementary/primary schools to cover the costs that were previously met by charging parents school fees. This article from 29 August 1891 in the British Newspaper Archive lists the schools that went from charging fees to being free. “Since the passing of the Assisted … More The first free government funded non-religious schools in Cambridge

Eva Hartree’s presidential address to the National Council for women, Summer 1936

Summary Four years after Florence Ada Keynes was elected president of the influential National Council of Women, Eva Hartree was elected to the same position. Eva was our first woman mayor of Cambridge, and Florence the second. This article is taken from the Cambridge Independent, Friday 03 July 1936, from the Cambridgeshire Collection’s newspaper microfiche … More Eva Hartree’s presidential address to the National Council for women, Summer 1936

Catherine Tillyard and women in politics – 1892

Catherine was a well-known figure in turn-of-the-century Cambridge – in 1899 her husband, Alfred, the editor of the Cambridge Independent newspaper became Mayor of Cambridge. For several decades she wrote the women’s column which, unusually for its time covered many things political both local and national. As a result, it is a treasure trove of … More Catherine Tillyard and women in politics – 1892

Arthur Negus of the Cambridge Liberal Party – Councillor for Romsey Ward

Longstanding Liberal Party member Arthur Negus got this write-up in the Cambridge Independent Press in April 1914 following his rise to the top of the Cambridge Liberal Party. The article is from the British Newspaper Archive’s copy of the Cambridge Independent Press of 10 April 1914. “New Chairman of the Executive “Mr. Arthur Negus was … More Arthur Negus of the Cambridge Liberal Party – Councillor for Romsey Ward

Former city councillor Colin Rosenstiel passes away

Summary Long-serving public servant Colin Rosenstiel passed away earlier today. Following a long battle with lymphoma, former councillor Colin Rosenstiel has died. Colin was City councillor for Market Ward from 1973 to 1988 and from 1992 to 2014, a cycling campaigner, a staunch supporter of the Holocaust Memorial Movement and our friend. — Cambridge Lib … More Former city councillor Colin Rosenstiel passes away

Cambridge University chaps disrupt church services – Mayor of Cambridge jails the ringleaders. 1863.

Summary Undergraduates sent to jail by the Mayor – the chief magistrate – for frequently disrupting church services. Prior to the construction of the Catholic Church of Our Lady & the English Martyrs, the church now in St Ives occupied part of the site on Union Road. It was taken down brick by brick and … More Cambridge University chaps disrupt church services – Mayor of Cambridge jails the ringleaders. 1863.

Eglantyne Jebb appointed a League of Nations Commissioner

Cambridge hero Eglantyne Jebb was appointed by the League of Nations as one of the commissioners tasked with taking on the problem of the trafficking of women and children in 1925 – which was also around the time the Home Office published a long-since forgotten study on the problem The article is part of a … More Eglantyne Jebb appointed a League of Nations Commissioner

Barbara Wootton – the first woman elevated to a life peerage in the House of Lords: Her Cambridge years.

Summary Cambridge hero Barbara Wootton of Girton College spent her childhood and formative years in our town – a time when Cambridge University was still refusing to grant women degrees. Prior to that, she was at The Perse Girls, at a time when secondary schools in Cambridge were still in their infancy. She would go … More Barbara Wootton – the first woman elevated to a life peerage in the House of Lords: Her Cambridge years.

Councillors vote against turning Market Hill into a covered market. 1897.

In another defeat for Mayor Sir Horace Darwin, Market Hill was not turned into a permanent covered market following the defeat of a motion supported by hundreds of people calling for a permanent indoor market in Cambridge. Detailed in the Cambridge Chronicle of 16 April 1897, digitised by the British Newspaper Archive, the issue of … More Councillors vote against turning Market Hill into a covered market. 1897.