Personal Papers of Winifred Gaukroger

Scope and Content

Letters home from Girton 1918-19. The subject matter includes: first impressions of College, the food, her room in Top Chapel, the 'Little-go' examination', Girton traditions such as 'Jug' and 'Propping', people such as Miss Jex-Blake, Miss Cave-Brown-Cave, Miss Allen and Eileen Power (including a post-lecture row between her and Mr Currie MP), societies and sport (Fire Brigade, History Club, Hockey etc), dances and concerts, lectures and study. In addition there is a long letter describing the Armistice celebrations, November 1918. There are 15 letters which have been given consecutive pagination [probably by WG].

Administrative / Biographical History

Winifred Gaukroger (nee Trenholme) was educated at Thorseby Hall School, Leeds and came up to Girton to read History as a Russell Gurney Scholar 1918-21. She took a Leeds University Teaching Diploma in 1922 and taught History at Halifax High School until her marriage to [John] Leslie Gaukroger in 1926. After her marriage she devoted her time to raising four children: two daughters and two sons.

Conditions Governing Access

Please cite as Girton College Archive, Cambridge, Personal Papers of Winifred Gaukroger, GCPP Gaukroger

Acquisition Information

Given by Winifred Gaukroger in August 1997, not long after her interview by Amy Erickson for the University and Life Experience Project.

Other Finding Aids

As at Sep 2008 an online catalogue was available at

Archivist's Note

Collection Description taken from JANUS in Sep 2008 as part of Genesis 2008 Project