Some of my favourite lost buildings of Cambridge

Summary Courtesy of the Museum of Cambridge’s photo archive,  – which reminds me, they’ve revamped their website so go and have a look at http://www.museumofcambridge.org.uk/ – these are some of my favourite lost buildings. What was the New Theatre and the Cambridge Daily News’ print works. On Regent Street, now an office block with Sainsbury’s … More Some of my favourite lost buildings of Cambridge

Cambridge today repeating Lost Cambridge?

Summary Going through some more recent editions of the Cambridge Evening News – a newspaper that I used to deliver in my early teens, I stumbled across some familiar headlines. In the Cambridgeshire Collection’s newspaper microfiche archive, I went through the archives from 1981 to try and find their article relating to today’s news about … More Cambridge today repeating Lost Cambridge?

Clement Attlee’s Chancellor in the early days of the Cambridge Labour Party

Summary Before he became famous, Hugh Dalton was a familiar face in Cambridge. Out of all of the candidates who have stood for Parliament in Cambridge, Hugh Dalton is probably the one who went onto the highest peaks in politics. Baroness Shirley Williams stood in Cambridge for the Social Democrats/Alliance in 1987 but that was … More Clement Attlee’s Chancellor in the early days of the Cambridge Labour Party

Why digitising local newspapers is essential to help transform the study of local history

Summary It’s all in the keyword searches The British Newspaper Archive online has been a real game-changer in making local history much more accessible to the general public. It has also made searching for specific articles, events or individuals much faster than doing so manually. In the case of Frida Stewart, digital access has been essential … More Why digitising local newspapers is essential to help transform the study of local history

How Cambridge hero Frida Stewart busted out of a nazi prison in wartime France

Summary An account from Frida’s talk in Stirling, Scotland in 1942 This book arrived recently This historical gem has arrived – written by fascist-smashing Cambridge hero Frida Knight pic.twitter.com/inEWhYcJJi — The Dragon Fairy (@Puffles2010) September 27, 2017 Writing under her married name, Frida published this book in 1975 – five years after her return to … More How Cambridge hero Frida Stewart busted out of a nazi prison in wartime France

Rollerskating in Cambridge – over 140 years of it

Summary On rollerskating and ice skating in Cambridge – a look at the fate of the St Andrew’s roller skating rink. I learned how to rollerskate with the Cambridge Rollerbillies – one of the best sporting clubs in Cambridge. Although the modern day sport of Rollerderby is relatively new in Cambridge – the competitive team … More Rollerskating in Cambridge – over 140 years of it

The beginnings of New Cambridge in 1800s by Eglantyne Jebb: Part 2

Summary Part 2 of Eglantyne’s chapter on the history of Cambridge the town in the 1800s.  If you’ve not read Part 1, it’s here. “To pull down some, at any rate, of the worst courts, to force on to improved lines the building of the town, to drain it, to provide it with water — … More The beginnings of New Cambridge in 1800s by Eglantyne Jebb: Part 2

The beginnings of New Cambridge in 1800s by Eglantyne Jebb: Part 1

Summary Eglantyne Jebb’s history of 19th Century Cambridge – and the impact of huge population growth without the competent civic authorities to manage that growth Even today, many people outside the city still associate Cambridge with a university that bears the name of the town that was there before it. History tells us there was … More The beginnings of New Cambridge in 1800s by Eglantyne Jebb: Part 1

The collapse of the Cambridge Conservatives

Summary They used to be a huge political institution, but today you will not find a single Conservative councillor within Cambridge’s city limits. How did this once mighty local party disappear from Cambridge’s local democracy? The Cambridge Conservative Party dominated local politics ever since they were formally constituted. If you look at pre-war Cambridge, the … More The collapse of the Cambridge Conservatives