Cllr Clara Rackham – half a century of public service

Summary An ever-present force in the first half of the 20th Century in Cambridge, our city has much to be grateful to her for. In the days when newspapers listed the names of councillors who attended meetings, and when they quoted debates verbatim, one name comes up with incredible frequency: “Mrs Rackham”. But who was … More Cllr Clara Rackham – half a century of public service

Mayor Jean Barker – Lady Trumpington, the First Conservative Woman Mayor of Cambridge

Summary She may have received tellybox fame very late in life, but Baroness Trumpington was a huge civic presence in our city. And not just because she is 6ft tall. I stumbled across this book originally at the height of Lady Trumpington’s late media fame – prior to my interest in local democracy in Cambridge. Its … More Mayor Jean Barker – Lady Trumpington, the First Conservative Woman Mayor of Cambridge

The cooperative movement in our university town

Summary A little known historical gem linking up even more people and groups in the story of Lost Cambridge. The Co-operative Movement – here’s a little intro on what they do today. I’m one of the 17.5m people with a co-op card. Follow their overhaul of all things digital at https://twitter.com/CoopDigital, now led by the former … More The cooperative movement in our university town

Ellice Hopkins – work amongst working men of Cambridge

Summary A predecessor of Florence Ada Keynes who praised her work, Ellice went into the slums of Cambridge some 30 years before Eglantyne Jebb did, but for different reasons. Yet the former came to similar conclusions that the latter did. I only found out about Ellice because Florence wrote about her. Fortunately one of the … More Ellice Hopkins – work amongst working men of Cambridge

Did ‘Votes for women’ cost Liberals the Cambridge seat in the Jan 1910 election?

Summary Transcript from another blurred entry on the British Newspaper Archive (£). Language, style and historical notes: Politically-partisan – The Cambridge Independent was – in their words “The only liberal-supporting newspaper in Cambridge” – other newspapers tending to be Conservative-leaning. “Mr Asquith” – The Prime Minister of the Liberal Government of the day. “The Veto” is … More Did ‘Votes for women’ cost Liberals the Cambridge seat in the Jan 1910 election?