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Records of the Cambridge University Rifle Association, 1907 - 2014

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/SOC.XIV

Scope and Contents

The records cover all aspects of club administration and include a quantity of records from the Small Bore Club.


  • Creation: 1907 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

The University Archives are generally freely available to the holder of a reader's ticket for the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR. Restrictions on access are imposed on certain categories of sensitive record: financial, governmental and personal, by order of the originating body or under data protection legislation. Access information, including opening hours and how to obtain a reader's ticket, appears as part of the Library's web site (

Biographical / Historical

The Association has its origins in the small rifle club of the Cambridge University Rifle Volunteers (formed 1803) which continued to expand until 1907 when it was officially incorporated as a Rifle Club and affiliated to the National Rifle Association. In 1909, the present Association was formed by an amalgamation of the Rifle Club and the Revolver Club (established 1902). The Cambridge University Officer Training Corps, with whom the Association has always had close links, was recognised as providing the University's marksmen for Varsity matches until 1933 when an amendment to the rules allowed both Corps and non-Corps members of the Association to be eligible to represent the University. The Association's annual training event is the week-long Easter practice at Bisley Camp, near Woking. The Association is the parent body of the Small Bore, Revolver and Pistol and Long Range Rifle Clubs, their memberships frequently overlapping. Further historical background information is on the Association's website at


5 linear metre(s) (5 metres) : paper; metal; photograph; digital images

Language of Materials



The classmarks assigned to the records reflect accession order not archival order. To aid browsing of the catalogue therefore, in June 2011 catalogue entries were grouped into categories A-E: governance, administration, finance, activities, membership, and Small Bore Club.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the records were transferred to the University Archives in two batches by Chris Haley, St John's College, on 1 Dec. 1998 and an unidentified member on 13 Aug. 2001. Thereafter, additional transfers have been made as follows: XIV.1.12A, 1.14-16, 13 (part), 15-19, 20.1, 20.2.2 by J. Jowett on 1 July 2005; XIV.20.2.1 and 21 by Gordon Stewart, St Catharine's College, on 15 August 2006; XIV.20.1.2, 20.2.3, 22 by an unidentified member on 30 September 2009; XIV.1.13A, 1.17, 2.1, 5.1-4, 22.2, 23-38 by Robert Bogie, captain, in ca 2009; XIV.1.18-19, 39-40 by Lara Bogie on 22 August 2011; XIV.41-2 by Harriet Nuttall, Queens' College, on 18 Mar. 2014; XIV.1.20-4, 22.3-4, 29.4-5, 31.2 (addnl), 43 by Sam Sharma on 8 July 2017.


The online record was completed in August 2004 and expanded in December 2005, August 2006, October 2009, June and October 2011, Sept. 2014 and August 2017.


Cambridge University Rifle Association

Finding aid date

1999-08-12 17:01:40+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom