Cambridge Tories and students smash up a debate on prohibition at The Guildhall – preventing Cardinal Manning from speaking. 1880.

Summary In March 1880 an illustrious group of clerics were invited to take part in a meeting titled ‘The Local Option.’ This was a movement calling for local town and city councils to have powers to prohibit the sale and purchase of alcohol. It ended badly. The context for Cambridge is the pioneering work done … More Cambridge Tories and students smash up a debate on prohibition at The Guildhall – preventing Cardinal Manning from speaking. 1880.

Cambridge Tories and students smash up the Cambridge Reform Club following election win over Liberals – from 1885

Summary And the town and Mayor were appalled. Furthermore, they attacked the offices of the Cambridge Independent Press – a Liberal supporting newspaper from which the following report – again from the British Newspaper Archive, this report is taken from. You can read some of the court reports of those arrested via subscription here. THE … More Cambridge Tories and students smash up the Cambridge Reform Club following election win over Liberals – from 1885

County Museum Officer calls for an expanded Museum of Cambridge – 1988

Summary A proposal that Cambridge News columnist Christopher South wrote about on 20 Jan 1988.  Almost 30 years later I made a similar sort of call – on expanding the existing Museum of Cambridge. As with previous posts, I’m not the first to come up with these sorts of ideas.  “Call it caution or call … More County Museum Officer calls for an expanded Museum of Cambridge – 1988

Cambridge Suffragettes’ first action in town

Summary The Cambridge Independent Press in the British Newspaper Archive tells us that it wasn’t until 1908 that the local branch of the Suffragettes carried out their first successful action in town – heckling a Cabinet Minister. (They had tried but failed before). Turns out that this time they made quite an impact. “The militant … More Cambridge Suffragettes’ first action in town

Cambridge women celebrate passing of Reform Bill bringing in votes for [some] women in 1918

Summary From the Cambridge Daily News following the passing of the legislation that gave the first cohort of women the vote. (The Representation of the People Act 1918) It would be another decade before men and women had equal rights at the ballot box. Via the British Newspaper Archive, I stumbled across this article while … More Cambridge women celebrate passing of Reform Bill bringing in votes for [some] women in 1918

Mr John Pink: Founding Father of Cambridge’s Public Libraries, 1833-1906

Summary Cambridge civic legend Mr John Pink is the man responsible for creating the public library service that perhaps today we take so easily for granted. This article from the British Newspaper Archive was published shortly after his death in 1906. Mr Pink had spent over 50 years as our town’s public librarian. In that … More Mr John Pink: Founding Father of Cambridge’s Public Libraries, 1833-1906

A National Health Service as proposed by Rollo Russell in the 1890s

Summary Looking into the history of Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge – where I recently found myself over Christmas, I stumbled across this article written by Francis Albert Rollo Russell, who was the son of Lord Russell, the Victorian Prime Minister for the Liberals. In 1892, Rollo Russell published a book titled Epidemics, Plagues and Fevers … More A National Health Service as proposed by Rollo Russell in the 1890s

The opening of the large hall at The Cambridge Guildhall site, May 1862

Summary If we (and I do) want to revamp the big historic hall in order to improve its poor acoustics, it’s worth having a look at its origins. Thanks to the digitisation by the British Newspaper Archive, we now know the origins of our large hall, opened in 1862. I can’t remember how I stumbled … More The opening of the large hall at The Cambridge Guildhall site, May 1862

Cambridge suffragette accused of firebombing house on Storey’s Way (Part 1: Magistrates/Police Court Hearing)

Summary In mid-May 1913, two houses were set alight. They were homes nearing completion by the builders. One was completely destroyed, the other put out by the Fire Brigade before serious damage was done. What follows is a commentary on the Cambridge Independent Press article from the British Newspaper Archive on the hearing in front … More Cambridge suffragette accused of firebombing house on Storey’s Way (Part 1: Magistrates/Police Court Hearing)

CamVote100 – Cambridge’s Votes for (some) women centenary 1918-2018

Summary. So, what’s the plan? So we’re up and running on FB at https://www.facebook.com/camvote100/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/camvote100 There is money available – see https://www.womensvotecentenaryfund.co.uk/ and I’d like to think that Cambridge as a city could crowd-fund to increase the amount of money available and, for the larger proposals leave something with a lasting legacy rather than something that … More CamVote100 – Cambridge’s Votes for (some) women centenary 1918-2018