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Records of the Cambridge University Wireless Society, 1920 - 2014

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/SOC.96

Scope and Contents

From the Management Group:

The category - Student administration and support records - comprises records relating to student admissions at all levels, graduate students, visiting senior scholars, student careers advice and welfare, together with the records of clubs and societies.


  • 1920 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

The University Archives are generally freely available to the holder of a reader's ticket for the Department of Archives and Modern Manuscripts, 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 society was founded on 13 October 1920 and caters for those interested in amateur radio. It maintains a station (shack and equipment), and also the callsign G6UW (assigned in 1932). It competes in a variety of national and international calling contests; undertakes expeditions to broadcast from remote locations; arranges occasional speaker meetings; and holds social events. The physicist Charles Eryl Wynn-Williams was a member in the late 1920s. Further information about the society's activities is on its website:


1 linear metre(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Many of the items are in poor condition. They have sustained burn, water and mould damage.

Former / Other Reference


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the records were transferred to the University Archives from the Manuscripts Department on 8 May 2008. They had been presented by T. Gleason (?Christ's College), chairman of the Cambridge University Wireless Society, to the Manuscripts Department on 15 March 1983 and had been given the classmark Ms.Add.8379. SOC.96.1.1 and 2 were transferred to the University Archives from Cambridge University Central Science Library by Simon Goose on 9 April 2008. SOC.96.4.17-18 were transferred by Martin Atherton, Honorary President, on 19 April 2022.

Related Materials

Further printed records are in the Rare Books Department, Cambridge University Library (classmark: Cambridge Papers J 8781 and Cam.a.21.38).


The online catalogue entry was completed in May 2008 and emended in June 2022.


Cambridge University Wireless Society

Finding aid date

2008-05-05 11:39:33+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom