Summary Town and gown united to protest against Neville Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement – and of conscription in the run up to the Second World War I took these screenshots from a video in the Central Library, Cambridge in their 3rd floor media unit. One of the things that strikes me about the images, as … More Cambridge May Day protests in 1939
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
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
Summary You have probably heard of the Venn diagram. But did you know its creator, Dr John Venn, a Cambridge academic was also an active participant in Cambridge’s civic society? Ploughing through the various local archives in Cambridge on all things turn of the 19th/20th Century and one name seems to pop up all over … More Dr John Venn – more than just that diagram
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
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Summary Julia Kennedy and Rosamund Philpott were the first women to stand for election to what is now Cambridge City Council – Parliament having recently removed the ban on women standing for election to local councils. On Friday 16 October 1908 the great and the good of Cambridge wrote a letter to the Cambridge Independent … More Julia Kennedy stands for election
Summary Asking why so few books about Cambridge’s civic history exist dating from beyond the 1950s – and why trying to fill in the gaps is an incredibly huge task that no one person can complete alone. I seem to have hit my first big lump of ‘historian’s block’ (if there is such a thing) … More Does Cambridge’s civic history stop in the 1950s?
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
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?