The visits of Sidney and Beatrice Webb to Cambridge

Summary What the British Newspaper Archives show us about two of the founders of the London School of Economic and Political Sciences and their visits to Cambridge in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This post mainly looks at Beatrice.  I recently visited the Marshall Library in Cambridge – named after the economist Alfred … More The visits of Sidney and Beatrice Webb to Cambridge

Who left those munitions by the new ice rink site?

Summary What an old map might tell us about a recent news story in Cambridge There have been a number of calls over the years for an ice rink in Cambridge ever since the technology was first discovered almost 150 years ago. It wasn’t until very recently that Cambridge finally got going with building a … More Who left those munitions by the new ice rink site?

17 December – Church of England celebrates Eglantyne Jebb day.

Summary The founder of the global charity Save The Children, Eglantyne Jebb, is celebrated every year on 17 December by the Church of England. What is much less known is what she did before founding the charity. She is on public record saying that the ideals and ideas that she had in public life she … More 17 December – Church of England celebrates Eglantyne Jebb day.

Cambridge women in plea for equality in international politics

Summary In December 1919, the Cambridge Branches of the the National Council of Women and the Women’s Citizens’ Association held a meeting at St Columba’s Hall to discuss “Women in the League of Nations”. The hall has hardly changed – and is still used for community meetings and recreational classes. This article appeared in the … More Cambridge women in plea for equality in international politics

Cambridge Suffragettes vs the Secretary of State for War, 1907.

Richard Burdon Haldane MP was one of the most high profile ministers in the pre-1914 Liberal Government as Secretary of State for War. In those days, the War Office was what we now call the Ministry of Defence. Like a number of women Liberals in Cambridge, such as Clara Rackham and Leah Manning, Haldane would … More Cambridge Suffragettes vs the Secretary of State for War, 1907.

Women’s Suffrage Procession through Cambridge of Sat 19th July 1913

Reported in the Cambridge Independent Press – Fri 25 July 1913.  The British Newspaper Archive have scanned the newspaper article (here but requires £subscription) and because of inevitable limitations of the OCR software due to the age of the publication, the auto-transcript doesn’t come out too well. So I have transcribed it below for the … More Women’s Suffrage Procession through Cambridge of Sat 19th July 1913

Cambridge suffragists meeting following their summer of activities.

Summary Transcript of article in the Cambridge Independent Press of 01 August 1913, from the British Newspaper Archive. This was a couple of weeks after the national pilgrimage to London which a number of women from Cambridge went to.  “The Cambridge Women’s Suffrage Society are to be congratulated on their success of the series of … More Cambridge suffragists meeting following their summer of activities.

The lost public footpath along the River Cam – blocked by the colleges

Summary Before the colleges were built, you could walk/squelch your way along the River Cam. Then the people of Cambridge were royally turfed out to make way for the big tourist attractions that we see today. But in the 1960s there was hope that a public footpath would be re-opened The joke I often make … More The lost public footpath along the River Cam – blocked by the colleges

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?