Lucy Cavendish College Oral History

Scope and Content

This collection comprises oral history recordings and a verbatim transcript of personal reminiscences recalling the establishment of the Dining Group, the struggle for recognition by the University, and the early days of Lucy Cavendish Collegiate Society in the 1950s and 1960s, from three members of the Dining Group and founding fellows of the College.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lucy Cavendish College was founded in 1965 as the Lucy Cavendish Collegiate Society. Its origins can be traced back to 1950 and the establishment of The Society of Women Members of the Regent House who are not Fellows of Colleges, also more informally known as the Dining Group. Kate Bertram, Anna Bidder and Eileen Clifford were all members of the Dining Group and they all subsequently became founding fellows of the College, with Anna Bidder becoming its first President.

Access Information

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Lucy Cavendish College Archive. A prior appointment and proof of identity are required.

Acquisition Information

Oral history interviews recorded with creators.

Other Finding Aids

Listed to file level, a paper copy is available in the Archive Reading Room.

Archivist's Note

Collection description by Karen Davies, College Archivist. Amended by Genesis Project Manager. Collection Description transferred to the Archives Hub in 2008 as part of Genesis 2008 Project

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain permission from the copyright holder.


C. Kate Bertram (1989) Lucy Cavendish College: A history of the early years

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