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Reports of walks and activities of the Cambridge University Rambling Club, occasionally signed, 1934 - 2006

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/SOC.88

Scope and Contents

This is an almost continuous series of volumes containing reports of the activities of the club. The reports (entitled ''Archives'') are narrative accounts and are often facetious in nature. Volumes 18 and 24 covering the periods 1967-70 and 1983-5 are missing. Rambles from 1993 to 2004 were recorded retrospectively. Details recorded usually include: date; type of event; serial number of walk; names and numbers of persons present; destination; route taken; prevailing weather conditions; notes on places to eat and drink; and cost of transport. They are frequently accompanied by annotated photographs and postcards. Occasionally term programmes; sketch maps; newspaper cuttings; cartoons; and items of ephemera or the lyrics of songs are included.


  • Creation: 1934 - 2006


Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

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Biographical / Historical

The club seems to have originated as an off-shoot in 1934 of the nascent Cambridge University branch of the Youth Hostels Association (C.U.Y.H.A.). The predominant activity of the C.U.Y.H.A. was rambling (mainly in the Cambridge area) but they also cycled, punted, canoed, organised overnight stays in Youth Hostels and held social events. Neither the name ''Cambridge University Rambling Club'' nor the structure of the group seem to have been particularly formalised in the early years, however, it had instituted a committee, constitution and membership fee by the early years of the twenty first century. Further information about the club's activities is on its website


23 volume(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were transferred to the University Archives from the Manuscripts Department on 29 February 2008. The majority of the volumes had been deposited by Cambridge University Rambling Club with the Manuscripts Department on 25 June 1987. A later addition was also made. They were given the classmark Ms.Add.8682.

Related Materials

Further printed records and a copy of Cambridge University Rambling Club, C.U.R.C. Song book 4th edition (C.U.R.C.; Cambridge, 1979) are in the Rare Books Department, Cambridge University Library (classmarks: Cambridge Papers 2nd series, Societies 97 and Cam.d.979.14 respectively).

Related Materials

The records of the Cambridge University Youth Hostels Association are catalogued as UA SOC 107.


The online catalogue entry was completed in March 2008 and emended in August 2009.


Cambridge University Rambling Club

Finding aid date

2007-12-21 14:09:23+00:00

Repository Details

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