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The Golden Years of Clara Rackham: Socialist, Suffragist, Social Reformer

18 January, 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

After her widely acclaimed talk in March, 2023 Emerita Professor Mary Joannou, Emerita Professor at ARU and author of the first biography of Clara Rackham, returns to discuss Clara’s ‘golden years’. Using rare archival photographs, Mary’s richly illustrated presentation traces Clara’s work in Cambridge during the ‘People’s War’ and after the Labour Landslide of 1945 including the new housing programmes in the city and the great international crises of Suez, Cuba and Hungary.

The talk combines Clara’s experiences of ageing, disability, bereavement and personal loss with the pleasure she derived from her extended family, her support of CND and the peace movement and the controversial national campaign for the retention of grammar schools. What emerges is not only a picture of a tireless city and county councillor who helped to change the face of modern Cambridge, but also of a very modest ‘private person’ and impassioned feminist public intellectual, still politically active at the age of ninety, whose work was instrumental to the establishment of the postwar settlement and the Welfare State.


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The Golden Years of Clara Rackham: Socialist, Suffragist, Social Reformer


Museum of Cambridge
01223 355159


Enid Porter Room, Museum of Cambridge
2-3 Castle Street
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 0AQ United Kingdom
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