Newnham was established in 1871 as a house in which young women could reside while attending lectures in Cambridge, long before they were allowed to become full members of the university with the granting of degrees to women in 1948.

History of Newnham

Gill Sutherland’s history of the College, from its foundation in 1871 until the present day, also contains photos from our archives.

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Women’s Education

Newnham College was founded in 1871 by a group of radicals. Their radical beliefs? They argued that women were every bit as intelligent as men, and that women, too, deserved…

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This series of short biographies brings together many of the individuals who have been significant in the history of the College, including all those after whom buildings and public rooms…

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Legacies of Enslavement: a Newnham research programme

Newnham’s Legacies of Enslavement research programme works to better understand our institution’s foundation within its historical setting, to recognise our responsibilities today, and to contribute to a deeper understanding of…

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