Dr Marion Phillips at Parkside, Cambridge

Summary: One of the earliest women MPs for Labour, suffragist Dr Marion Phillips, turned up to speak at this meeting in support of Cambridge Labour’s newly-selected MP-candidate Hugh Dalton. One of the first Labour women MPs Marion Phillips pic.twitter.com/gqirlOENdI — The Dragon Fairy (@Puffles2010) October 11, 2017 Dalton, a close friend of the then recently … More Dr Marion Phillips at Parkside, Cambridge

Cambridge Suffragettes damn the Liberals as Frauds in Market Hill open meeting. 1912.

Summary Transcribed from the Cambridgeshire Collection’s Newspaper Archive in the Central Library, this is from the Cambridge Daily News featuring Cambridge’s local Suffragette organiser, Olive Bartells. “The Women’s Social and Political Union, the militant organisation of which Mrs Pankhurst is the head, are organising a campaign which will culminate in a meeting on December 12th … More Cambridge Suffragettes damn the Liberals as Frauds in Market Hill open meeting. 1912.

Florence Ada Keynes summarises 50 years of women’s progress in Cambridge, for the Cambridge Daily News. 1938.

Summary The Mother of Modern Cambridge wrote this article at the request of the Cambridge Daily News on 31 May 1938. Transcribed from photos by Mike Petty from the Cambridgeshire Collection in the Cambridge Central Library. You can visit the collection on the 3rd Floor in Lion Yard. Pioneers on Board of Guardians, Council and … More Florence Ada Keynes summarises 50 years of women’s progress in Cambridge, for the Cambridge Daily News. 1938.

Opening of Jesus Lane Sunday School on Paradise Street, Cambridge

Summary: On the opening of a very significant school run and staffed by members of Cambridge University in the mid-late 1800s in one of Cambridge’s most notorious slums. When I first spotted this grand looking building around the terraced houses of The Kite, I wondered who could have built it, and for what purpose. So … More Opening of Jesus Lane Sunday School on Paradise Street, Cambridge

Joining up the dots in the history of Cambridge’s secondary schools

Summary Observations on Cambridge’s collective story of educating our children in council-run, then state-run schools. And spotting the historical patterns within that. Famous relative: The former headmaster of what is now Hills Road Sixth Form College had a daughter who went on to become world famous. #LostCambridge – Olivia Newton John’s dad – former head … More Joining up the dots in the history of Cambridge’s secondary schools

Cambridge Antiquarian Society’s digitised back catalogue – all the way back to 1859

Summary On one of the oldest of Cambridge’s civic societies – and how we can use these digital records to inspire more people to find out more on our local histories. (Note content-wise, the geographical area covers Cambridgeshire primarily, along with areas outside the county but close to Cambridge City (eg Suffolk/Essex/Herts) and has articles … More Cambridge Antiquarian Society’s digitised back catalogue – all the way back to 1859

How to get from London to Cambridge by carriage – before the railways in 1843.

Summary Queen Victoria paid a visit to Cambridge in 1843 – her last by horses and carriage, as on the next occasion Cambridge’s railway station was up and running. The journey itself leaves the reader exhausted just reading it! Transcript from the Cambridge Chronicle scanned by the British Newspaper Archive.  THE ROUTE. “Wednesday morning at … More How to get from London to Cambridge by carriage – before the railways in 1843.

Bishop of Ely says “Peace now would be a crime” – August 1915

In 1915 on the first anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, the then Bishop of Ely gave an extremely belligerent speech given his clerical office. The article is an extensive one so I’ve only transcribed the comments of The Mayor and the Bishop of Ely as public figures.  From the British Newspaper … More Bishop of Ely says “Peace now would be a crime” – August 1915

Peace activism in wartime Cambridge. Spring 1915

A striking historical event took place in Cambridge shortly after the early exchanges of cannon fire in the First World War, at a time when the real pressures of war were beginning to be felt. It was a meeting of the Union of Democratic Control. This was the first public meeting of the organisation since its … More Peace activism in wartime Cambridge. Spring 1915