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
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.
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
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
This post follows on from the speech that Mr Keir Hardie MP gave at Cambridge Guildhall. The newspaper article in the Cambridge Independent Press, scanned and made available by the wonderful British Newspaper Archive, goes into around 7,000 words – hence breaking it up into two posts. The length of the article is not unique … More Keir Hardie MP takes on allcomers in a Q&A session at Cambridge Guildhall in 1907 (Part 2)
Cambridge University undergraduates did themselves and the reputation of their institutions no favours with their behaviour at a public meeting at the Cambridge Guildhall, organised so that ordinary working men in Cambridge could hear the leader of the Independent Labour Party, Keir Hardie MP, speak in public. This post transcribes the article in the Cambridge … More Keir Hardie MP faces down hordes of offensive Cambridge undergraduates. February 1907. (Part 1)
I’m assuming this celebration happened following the defeat and first overthrow of Napoleon Bonaparte of France, that happened at the end of March 1814. I stumbled across this one while searching for articles about votes for women following the conference yesterday. It’s beautifully written and gives a wonderful snapshot in time after what must have … More Cambridge Peace Festival – celebrations on Parker’s Piece in July 1814
In May 1914, Gwen Richard from the London HQ of the Women’s Social and Political Union arrived in Romsey Town, Cambridge to give this speech. Romsey in those days was a solid working class community that had grown up in recent decades to house railway workers and allied industries. Find out more through the Mill … More Suffragettes meeting in Romsey, Cambridge. May 1914
From the Cambridgeshire Collection in the Cambridge Independent Press, 17 Nov 1933. BATTLES IN CAMBRIDGE STREETS Truncheons Drawn by Police “Several “battles” were fought in the streets of Cambridge on Saturday during a meeting and procession organised by the Students’ Anti-War Council. “The object of the procession was the laying of a wreath on … More Remembrance Day 1933 riots as imperialists fight it out with anti-war activists in Cambridge.
Article from the Cambridge News in the Cambridgeshire Collection’s newspaper microfiche archive. The interwar period in Cambridge was something of a golden era in local democracy as far as women councillors were concerned. This was the time of Eva Hartree, Florence Ada Keynes, Clara Rackham, Leah Manning and Dorothy Stevenson – just to pull five names … More Great need for women in local government – 1962