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Senate House

History of the Senate House, Cambridge

General information on the Senate House University of Cambridge can be found on Wikipedia.

Conferring degrees

Conferring Degrees

The postcard is a sale pitch from an Oxford based postcard producer to Messrs Johnson and Nephew, 3 St Andrew’s Street.

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1892: 8th Duke of Devonshire, Spencer Cavendish

possibly 1892 installation of Duke of Devonshire as Chancellor

prossible 1892 installation of Duke of Devonshire as Chancellor

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1904: Visit of Edward VII

Visit of Edward VII 1904

Visit of Edward VII 1904

Edward VII opening part of the New Museums Site in 1904

1904 Edward VII in Senate House Procession

1904 crowds outside Senate House during visit of Edward VII

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1906 24th May: conferring of honorary degrees of Chinese dignitaries.

This event took place during the visit of a Commission appointed by the Emperor of China to study methods of government, commerce and education in England. Eyewitness descriptions of the visit can be found here:

http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/mulu/zaize.html

The picture below shows the Mayor of Cambridge Walter Durnford and the University Professor of Chinese Herbert Allen Giles, together with:

His Imperial Highness Fung En Chen Ko Duke Tsai Tse, Aide-de-Camp to his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of China, his Majesty’s High Commissioner, Great Chamberlain of the Imperial Household, Member of the Imperial Library, Commander-in-Chief of the Bordered Yellow Banner of the Manchu Army

His Excellency Wang Tahsieh, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in London of his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of China

His Excellency Shang Chi-heng, High Commissioner of his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of China

The Honourable Po Jui, Secretary to his Imperial Chinese Majesty’s High Commission

1906: Conferring of honorary degrees on Chinese dignitaries

1906 M Butler Master of Trinity with Chinese dignitaries

1906 M Butler Master of Trinity with Duke Zaize

Duke Zaize (1868-1928), grandson of the Emperor, kept a diary during the mission. He had been injured in a bomb attack in September 1905 at Peking railway station as the delegation was preparing to leave. The assailant, Wu Yue, a fanatical opponent of the Manchu regime was killed and two members of the delegation injured delaying its departure until December 1905.

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1908:

1908 Installation of Lord Rayleigh as Chancellor

1908 installation of Lord Rayleigh as Chancellor

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1910:

26.5.1910 Theodore Roosevelt receives honorary Doctor of Law

1910 Degree Day Theodore Roosevelt

The photo above shows from left to right: an Esquire Bedell, Theodore Roosevelt, Vice Chancellor Canon Mason, University Marshall Sheldrich

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Until 1910 it was the tradition in Cambridge to award a large wooden spoon to the student with the lowest mark in the Maths Tripos. More information can be found here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wooden_spoon_(award)

Recipient of Maths Tripos Wooden Spoon in 1904

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