No Ordinary ‘Rag’: the attack on the Clough gates

On the evening of 20 October 1921, shortly after 8.30pm, a hostile crowd of between 1300 and 1500 undergraduate men made their way to Newnham College, following a vote on degrees for women in the Senate House.  They attempted to force entry through the Clough gates in the Pfeiffer arch by ramming them with a handcart and caused significant damage.  This exhibition draws on resources from the Newnham College Archives to explore the events of that evening, the background to them, and the aftermath.