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St John's Top 5

From College balls, bills and bridges each month St John's Top 5 spotlights the very best from the Archive's collections.

June 2014

 With May Week approaching it's the perfect  opportunity to look back at some the best May Ball posters.

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The Lady Margaret Players
May 2014

The Lady Margaret Players came into the spotlight in 1948 with their first production; Murder in the Cathedral.  The playbills and posters below illustrate their varied repertoire.

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Rules relating to residence (1876)
April 2014

For men who had just come up to Cambridge in the 19th century life could be daunting. These undergraduate handbooks from the 19th century show just how much they had to know to 'fit-into' College life.

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Letter notifying Sikes of the death of his student. (29 Oct 1918)
March 2014

St John's like other instutitions and 'communities' suffered greatly during World War I. The documents below come from the tutorial papers of Edward E Sikes (Tutor 1900-1925). They give us a glimpse of what was happening throughout the University and the country in general.

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Permission to dine in a public house or tavern (Pembroke College 1785)
February 2014

Student hijinks, excessive merry-making and general rowdiness appears to be an age-old problem in Cambridge. The notices below highlight some of the issues the University and the Colleges had to handle in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Elevation: Horningsea Vicarage by Rattee & Kett (1871)
January 2014

In its origin St John's was a religious as well as an educational foundation. It was only in the late 19th century that Fellows were released from the obligation of taking Holy Orders. It is in the circumstances natural that there is a significant number of papers, drawings and plans relating to chapels, parish churches and vicarages within the College's Archive collection.

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Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire (1890s)
December 2013

The Archives estates collection contains a number of sale catalogues; posters and adverts for a variety of properties up for sale. The photographs come from the sale catalogue for Wimpole Hall Estate. The property was up for auction by Messrs Hamnett.

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Front and side view of High Table chair
November 2013

In 1864 the College began a two-year building project to extend the Hall and replace the Old Combination Room at the junction of the east and north ranges of Second Court. The Archive holds a number of architectural drawings and plans from this period. This month we look at designs for dining chairs intended for the High Table and the Combination Room.

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Fees for tuition (1854-1880)
October 2013

The Archive holds a number of instruction manuals. We've already seen the Porters' handbook; now we look at the Tutors' Instructions for the second half of the 19th century.

Pedigree of Nicholas Hart and Ellen Beresford (1511)
September 2013

More and more people are enjoying the addictive pleasure of tracking down their family history. The research can be fascinating, taking you from interviews with relatives to a search on the internet, through to local archives, or even graveyards. In the past, however, family history and family trees were used to prove all-important family connections; rights to property and in some case privilege. 

LMBC Non-Smoking Smoker (1901)
August 2013

The Lady Margaret Boat Club (LMBC), founded in 1825, is the oldest boat club in Cambridge and the largest of all college clubs. Its large archive contains everything from minute books to pennants and sashes.

The adverts below appear in LMBC programmes for boat club smokers and concerts; including some to fund the boathouse from 1901-1906. 

Kitchen equipment supplied by Clement Jeakes (1868)
July 2013

The Archive collection contains the drawings and plans for the late 19th century reconstruction of the kitchen and its offices. The architect selected for the job was Henry C. Boyes of London. Boyes submitted is plan to the College in 1891. SF Halliday of Stamford submitted the lowest tender of £1,900 for the work but for various reasons the project was delayed until 1893 by which time Halliday's fee had increased to £2,920.

Whiteleys of Bayswater was hired to provide meals whilst the internal renovations were underway. A temporary hut was set up in First Court, at a cost of £150. The temporary 'kitchen' was erected in June 1893 and removed on 24 October 1893.

Clement Jeakes of Bloomsbury supplied the new kitchen equipment at a cost 'not to exceed £550'.