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Archive Image of the Month

Let Selwyn's Archivist, Elizabeth Stratton, give you a taster of the College Archives. Every month Elizabeth selects a particularly interesting piece from the archives and provides an insight into its history and significance. 

 Archive Image of the Month – November 2017

Rag Day 1927

Archive Image November 2017

This used to be the month when students across Cambridge arranged events known as Rag Day to raise funds for certain causes. A photograph in the college archives records one such event which took place in November 1927: ninety years ago.

It features three students from Selwyn who had dressed up as the Proctor and university servants for the Rag Day in aid of Earl Haig's Poppy Day appeal which was to collect funds for those disabled in World War 1. The names of the three students are noted on the reverse: HCW Wilson (SE 1924), LR Manthorp (SE 1924) and TP Adler (SE 1926). Additional notes mention that they were 'caught' by the Senior Proctor himself.

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Elizabeth Stratton, November 2017


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