Well-being Wednesday: Sport Training

Once the wind dies down and we’re not in fear of being blown away, listen to this podcast on training yourself in sport.

Kelton Wright describes this podcast pack as taking her from a reluctant jogger to planning a trail marathon.


Tune in for where it might take you.


Celebrating Women in Cambridge

Friday 8th March is the International celebration of Women around the world throughout history. 

Our wonderful Archivist, Helen, has put together a list of notable women who have made a difference to Cambridge across time. 



Clare College, the second oldest after Peterhouse – was founded in 1326 and generously endowed by Lady Elizabeth de Clare, Lady de Burgh, granddaughter of Edward I.

Pembroke – Mary de St Pol, widowed Countess of Pembroke, was granted a licence for the foundation of her College on Christmas Eve in 1347, by Edward III.

Queens’ College – charter granted by Margaret of Anjou in 1448 (wife of Henry VI); then under the patronage of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV.

Christ’s College – founded by William Byngham in 1437, but generously endowed by Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, in 1505 (and named Christ’s at that point).

St John’s – Lady Margaret Beaufort then went on to found St John’s College in 1511 (after her death in 1509)


Girton College founded 1869, moved to Cambridge 1873. Granted University Status 1948
Newnham College founded 1871.
New Hall (now Murray Edwards) founded 1954.


Queen Mother was the first woman to receive a Cambridge degree, at Senate House, on 21st October 1948. Honorary Doctorate of Law degree.

Pathé video at https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVA7L4Q48SJWXBY3EFDXONZIJKDF-THE-QUEEN-MOTHER-RECEIVES-DEGREE-FROM-CAMBRIDGE-UNIVERSITY/query/wildcard

1.       Jane Goodall, primatologist – studied chimpanzee behaviour in Tanzania – Darwin
2.       Thandie Newton, actress – Downing
3.       Zadie Smith, novelist – King’s
4.       Queen Margarethe of Denmark – Girton
5.       Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, Astrophysicist  – New Hall
6.       Germaine Greer, author, critic – Newnham
7.       Diane Abbot, Labour MP – Newnham
8.       Sylvia Plath, poet – Newnham
9.       AS Byatt, author – Newnham
10.   Clare Balding, sportswoman and presenter – Newnham
11.   Mary Beard, Professor of Classics – Newnham
12.   Rosalind Franklin, one of the discoverers of DNA – Newnham
13.   Emma Thompson, actress – Newnham


Cambridge’s first lady mayor was elected in 1925. Eva Hartree had previous studied at Girton, taking a Tripos in 1895.

Second lady Mayor was Florence Ada Keynes, in 1929 – mother of John Maynard Keynes

See also a selection of women Councillors from the ‘Women Workers’ series in the Cambridge Independent Press, Jan to June 1930. Online images at:


From the team of ladies at Westminster College, Happy International Women’s Day! 

Well-being Wednesday: Physical Activity

“Many people find that physical activity can help their mental health and wellbeing. This doesn’t have to mean running marathons or training every day at the gym. There are lots of different things you can do to be a bit more active.”

“But it can be hard to know how to get started, especially for those of us with mental health problems. Because of this, we’ve put together some tips and resources for getting more active.”


After last weeks Cambridge Half Marathon, some of us felt inspired to improve our health both mentally and physically. Read these short and handy tips on getting started below…



The Westminster Students’ ‘Tea Cup’

Looking after the historical side of Westminster includes some strange and wonderful things!

This item was recently returned to the current Student Council by a previous student, and was described as ‘the Student Tea Cup’, which was traditionally awarded annually by the Council themselves to the hardest-working student. This student, it was explained, would need an exceptionally large tea cup – and indeed, it’s the size of mixing bowl, and could comfortably accommodate several pints of tea! – because they would be up all night, working hard and drinking tea.

As with other items of the original College china, the “tea cup” shows the Westminster College oval crest.

Last presented to a student in the mid-1990s, it isn’t known how long the “tea cup” has been awarded for hard work.


It’s actually a chamber pot.

It also bears a maker’s mark on the base for “Dunn, Bennett & Co, Ltd., Royal Victoria Pottery, Burslem, Staffs.” The company became incorporated in 1908, but moved from Royal Victoria works to Dalehall in 1937, so the date of manufacture must be somewhere between those two dates.

Perhaps the tradition has been going on since then!


-Helen Weller- Archivist at Westminster College