Cambridge prepares for war – 1936-39: Part 2

Continuing from Part 1 here. The screenshots are from the Cambridgeshire Collection – please visit and support them because without our archives, we lose so much of our collective history. Below the headline at the time of the Munich Crisis included a photo of the Mayor of Cambridge’s air raid shelter, along with the distribution … More Cambridge prepares for war – 1936-39: Part 2

Published works on the women who made modern Cambridge

Summary: A number of books have been written by (and about) the women who made modern Cambridge – including more than a few that are out of print but are available at knockdown prices.    Mrs Jean Barker – Lady Trumpington Our fourth woman Mayor of Cambridge and the most high profile one of recent … More Published works on the women who made modern Cambridge

What would the purpose be of an expanded Museum of Cambridge?

Summary: Ten months on from when I first made a call for the Cambridge and County Folk Museum / Museum of Cambridge to be expanded, some more thoughts about purpose following an intense summer of research in local archives. The picture postcard view of Cambridge looks something like this: “Stereotypically, this is what many politicians … More What would the purpose be of an expanded Museum of Cambridge?

Digitising and opening up the history of Cambridge (the town)

Summary: Taking advantage of leaps and bounds in communications technologies as applied to the field of history to find and share more of our civic and social histories. (I’m scanning and uploading images of v old books and pamphlets I’m buying off various websites to https://archive.org/details/@antony_carpen&tab=uploads) Just over a decade ago, Margaret Thatcher was invited to … More Digitising and opening up the history of Cambridge (the town)

Alfred Waterhouse assesses the top two designs for a new Corn Exchange in Cambridge. 1870

This article from the British Newspaper Archive here which I’ve transcribed below shows the assessment Alfred Waterhouse gave to Cambridge Borough Council on the designs submitted for the Cambridge Corn Exchange. The old Corn Exchange – which later became a garage, a club, a car park and now is where a corporate hotel built in the 1980s … More Alfred Waterhouse assesses the top two designs for a new Corn Exchange in Cambridge. 1870

Sir Eric Geddes threatens to hang The Kaiser – Cambridge Guildhall December 1918

Summary:  General election time straight after the end of The Great War. Conservative candidate Sir Eric Geddes, parachuted into the seat standing for The National Coalition of Liberals and Conservatives against Rev T Rhonnda Williams standing for a Cambridge Labour Party still in its infancy. Sir Eric Geddes at the time of this speech in the … More Sir Eric Geddes threatens to hang The Kaiser – Cambridge Guildhall December 1918