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About the film

The University of Cambridge, and the life of those who study there.


Release year
Richard Massingham
Production company
Everyman Films
Lewis Grant Wallace
Alex Strasser
Horace Somerville
Running time (minutes)
23 mins 11 secs

Original Description

Life at Cambridge University
'The ancient University of Cambridge in its setting of a market town. The film shows many famous streets and Colleges and typical scenes of University life. Shots include dinner in Hall, a lecture by Sir Lawrence Bragg, F.R.S., Degree day at the Senate House and Evensong at King’s.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946)


  • Several renowned academics appear in Cambridge. Sir Lawrence Bragg (seen at 06:00), in his capacity as Director of the Cavendish Laboratory, would play a part in the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953. Historian George Trevelyan (see at 07:00), had earlier been approached by the British Council to write the script for experimental film Magna Carta. Other seen in the film include Sir William Spens, composer Patrick Hadley, and Sir John Sheppard.
  • Women appear throughout Cambridge and might seem to be ordinary members of the university, but this is not the case. Though women were allowed to study courses, sit exams, and gain degrees, they were not admitted as full members of the university until 1948.