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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 – February 2019

Frozen Cam, 1963

Archive Image 76 February 2019 

The River Cam doesn’t freeze that often but during the recent cold snap across the end of January/beginning of February it was reported that the Cam had indeed frozen in some places. Back in the winter of 1962/3 the river was frozen for some time and we’re pleased to use a photograph of people (and a swan) skating along the frozen Cam taken by late Selwyn alum, Charles James (SE 1961) in 1963 as this month’s image. Other years when the river has frozen in more recent memory include 2010 and 1991.

Charles James read Law at Selwyn and later became a Judge focussing mainly on civil law before reverting later to a criminal caseload at Liverpool Crown Court. He is also remembered for his photography skills and his photos of the horse and carriage which took the judges to the local Assize court were published in Sir Basil Nield’s book, Farewell to the Assizes (1972).

As always, any questions about the College Archives can be directed to the Archivist on We are always grateful to hear from members of college about any photographs and memories you may have of your time at Selwyn and they can also be uploaded directly here.

Previous archive images can be seen here.

Elizabeth Stratton, February 2019


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