In and Around Cambridge in the 1960s

Author(s): Richard Gaunt 

ISBN: 9781781555378
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An affectionate look at many different aspects of life in one of the world’s leading university cities in the Swinging Sixties.
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  • Previously unpublished photographs and striking images of Cambridge that remain hidden from tourists

  • Insights into university life during a period of great unrest and turmoil

  •  A unique look at ‘Cambridge in the round’ – builders, delivery drivers, etc., that keep the city and its world-class university and constituent colleges running smoothly

In and Around Cambridge in the 1960s is a unique book showing the iconic university city from different angles. Striking, previously unpublished photographs show famous buildings as well as the river, backstreets and small towns, villages and countryside. Students and distinguished members of staff are here with builders, shoppers in the market and men from gasworks. This was a time of demos, protests and disruption to established academic traditions.

The author draws on various sources to illustrate ‘official’ concerns at the time with major worries about overreactions triggering widespread unrest. However, he also draws on personal recollections as a Cambridge student, together with anecdotes from others and archive material to suggest that most students were far more interested in the quality of meals they were served and the state of the showers.

Cambridge students from any generation, and anyone else who knows the city or wants to know more about life in Britain in the 1960s, will find themselves entertained and challenged.

BOOK ISBN 9781781555378
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 192 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 February 2017
ILLUSTRATIONS 236 black-and-white photographs



Richard Gaunt was born in Lancashire but grew up in Darlington, attending QEGS Darlington, then Corpus Christi College Cambridge. His career has included posts in the chemicals, steel, construction, local government and consultancy industries – most recently as a director of a policy research consultancy. He started taking an interest in railways at an early age, and is an accomplished photographer with work appearing in The Guardian, Steam Railway and elsewhere.