Summary This is what happens when you don’t give your civic heroes a decent budget to build great things – immediate needs come first and they build what they can I knew that Florence Ada Keynes had a bit of a struggle to get the current guildhall in Market Square built, but I didn’t realise … More Florence Ada Keynes gets it in the neck from Cambridge over new guildhall designs
How a local artist started off as a satirical sketcher in our local news, before going onto greater things. But not before he and his brothers in arms had faced the crimes against humanity at the hands of Imperial Japan. I fell down another interwebz whirlpool when I posted a copy of a sketch I’d … More Cambridge artist Ronald Searle and the fall of Singapore in 1942
Summary Two of Cambridge’s civic heroes were at the forefront of the fight against Fascism – and Cambridge’s organisation to receive refugees was years ahead of many other towns and cities – beginning as early as 1933 As far as politically-active women go, in the 1930s both Eva Hartree and Leah Manning were two of … More Eva Hartree and Leah Manning’s fight against the fascists in the 1930s
Summary The grim and darkly comic tale of John Green’s execution by hanging in front of a crowd of several thousand. Almost as spoofed by Monty Python in The Life of Brian. …but reading between the lines it makes for depressing reading. The tale of John Green of Whittlesey The story has been written up … More Cambridge’s last public hanging at Castle Hill
Summary Transcript of a long lost article by my hero Eglantyne Jebb that was buried in the Library of Wales. You can find the article here -in The Welsh Outlook, December 1914. I’ve transcribed it below for ease of access. WHERE WILL THE WAR LEAD TO BARBARISM OR TO A HIGHER CIVILIZATION? MANY of those … More Where will the War lead? To barbarism or to a higher civilisation?
Summary i.e. one based in Cambridge that is even bigger than the one held at Wood Green or the East Anglian event I was at today I had a nice day out in Stowmarket at the East Anglia Museum of Living History for their annual living history fair. It took about an hour to get there … More What would a massive Cambridge Living History Fair look like?
Summary In researching the impact that women had on transforming Cambridge from a patriarchal feudal town dominated by the university into a modern city, Votes for Women inevitably features. But do we know the full story? TL:DR. No, we don’t know the full story. The first hint at the role the women of Cambridge in … More Cambridge Suffragists and Votes for Women
Summary Past, present and future of a long-fought-over part of Cambridge I was quoted in an article on The Grafton Centre’s revamp in the Cambridge News recently (see here) as it goes through an £18m refurb. The [loaded] question they asked was whether readers wanted to see it become like the Grand Arcade – to … More The Grafton Centre & The Kite, Cambridge
Summary A high profile councillor so popular that Cambridge Labour Party named their new headquarters after him I made a short video about Dr Alex Wood in the 2017 election campaign, with a view to writing a longer blogpost about him. This is it. It was very hot that day! Dr Alex Wood: Scotsman, physicist, … More Cllr Dr Alex Wood of the Cambridge Labour Party
Summary Thoughts following a tour of textiles at a now redundant masterpiece I was at the redundant church of All Saints in Cambridge for their event on textiles of the building and vestments. It was a church that started out life opposite Trinity College, but moved in the mid-1800s because as you can see below, the … More All Saints Church Cambridge – a hidden gem?