Clara Rackham’s last public speech in 1962 – Part 1.

This was at the Golden Jubilee of the Cambridge Branch of the once mighty National Council for Women, held at the University Arms Hotel. Just prior to that speech, one of Cambridge’s greatest women, Baroness Barbara Wootton had just given a speech. She was educated at The Perse Girls, and Girton, and a pioneer of … More Clara Rackham’s last public speech in 1962 – Part 1.

MPs vote down the 1912 Conciliation Bill – Margaret Heitland of CWSA is furious

Summary When the third attempt at getting some votes for women was voted down by the all-male House of Commons, the President of the Cambridge Women’s Suffrage Association wrote this letter to her members. Transcribed from the original held in the Cambridgeshire County Archives. The Past – The Future “Letter from Mrs Heitland, President of … More MPs vote down the 1912 Conciliation Bill – Margaret Heitland of CWSA is furious

Cambridge Association for Women’s Suffrage at the Corn Exchange, 1909

One of the files inside the Cambridgeshire County Archive is this poster This event was one of the largest public meetings in Cambridge, and what follows from the British Newspaper Archive is an account of that meeting published in the Cambridge Independent, a Liberal supporting newspaper and pro-suffrage too. WOMEN’S FIGHT FOR THE VOTE. CROWDED … More Cambridge Association for Women’s Suffrage at the Corn Exchange, 1909

Reality Checkpoint – the story behind the lamps at the centre of Parker’s Piece

Summary What the newspaper archives tell us vs what people on Twitter tell us It was Mike Petty who wrote in his guide on Cambridge’s Commons that Parker’s Piece got its central street lamps installed in 1894 – what locals today call ‘Reality Checkpoint.’ Various urban legends have emerged since then. We can’t really start a … More Reality Checkpoint – the story behind the lamps at the centre of Parker’s Piece

Cambridge suffragists condemn militant suffragettes

The Cambridge University Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage organised this meeting at The Guildhall in February 1913. Digitised by the British Newspaper Archive. The Earl Russell in this case is the grandson of the first Earl Russell – and would go onto become the first peer to join the Labour Party. Also at the meeting … More Cambridge suffragists condemn militant suffragettes

British Newspaper Archive digitises ‘Suffragette Magazine’ and shines a light on the Cambridge Suffragettes

Summary The local history goldmine that is the British Newspaper Archive posted this: We're excited to begin our month of #Suffrage with the addition of The Suffragette to The Archive! This month we'll blog about individual suffragettes, share headlines of key events, and announce more suffrage-related newspapers being added. #Vote100 https://t.co/ZQUXHoYRjG pic.twitter.com/k9RaMtrJZU — The British … More British Newspaper Archive digitises ‘Suffragette Magazine’ and shines a light on the Cambridge Suffragettes

Clara Rackham & Millicent Garrett Fawcett meet David Lloyd George in 1913

The importance of this article – another gem from the British Newspaper Archive – is that we hear first hand from Clara Rackham. We also get an insight into what Asquith was saying to the suffragists as a delegation – with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight. We also hear from Mrs Pankhurst – stating that … More Clara Rackham & Millicent Garrett Fawcett meet David Lloyd George in 1913

Clara Rackham reflects on the suffragist campaign – 1964.

In 1964 Clara Rackham reflected on her life moving up through the ranks of local government and civic life. This from the Cambridgeshire Collection in the Cambridge Central Library. Our archives are a precious resource so if you want to make a donation to them, click here. Early suffragette* still wants more for women “Mrs … More Clara Rackham reflects on the suffragist campaign – 1964.

Conservative Suffragists meet in Cambridge

Despite the institution that is the political party dragging its heels over the 19th Century on votes for women, there were more than a few people within the party across the country that rebelled against the policy. This meeting at the Guildhall’s small hall (which still survives today) was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press … More Conservative Suffragists meet in Cambridge

The Master of Peterhouse hosts a suffragist speaker at Cambridge Working Mens Club

A fascinating article via the British Newspaper Archive from 13 March 1886 for a number of reasons. The first is that we find a college master publicly declaring his support for women’s suffrage – at a time when within university circles the cause was not popular. The second is the fact that the meeting took … More The Master of Peterhouse hosts a suffragist speaker at Cambridge Working Mens Club