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Boat Club, 1852 - 2017

Reference Code: GBR/0272/KCAS/Boat Club

Scope and Contents

From the Sub-Fonds:

Records of 40 clubs and societies of King's College and Cambridge University


  • 1852 - 2017

Conditions Governing Access

Some records contain personal information as defined under the terms of the Data Protection Act (1998) and will be reserved.

Biographical / Historical

Formed in 1858, KCBC began life as a composite VIII with Sydney Sussex named 'Kidney'. Since then it has grown to become the largest sporting socieity in college; most people who come to King's have a go at rowing at some time in their university career. From being one of the top rowing colleges in the 1930s ad 1950s, KCBC went through something of a slump in the '70s and early '80s. Since 1908, however, King's crews have been going up again - the first boat went up seven places in the Mays 1991-93, and the second boat rose by a similar amount in 1992-93, which made King's one of the fastest rising clubs on the Cam.

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Related Materials

See also JS/1/35 for a speech by John Saltmarsh at the Boat Club Centenary dinner, 1958. See KCAC/1/6/Rickman for Bump Supper Menu (Lent Races 1911).


Captain's books and photographs (KCAS/5/1-2, 4) have been indexed by the KCBC Alumni Association Secretary to provide a crews database on the World Wide Web, 1858-1997 (URL

Finding aid date

2004-03-25 14:41:15+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Archive Centre, King's College, Cambridge Repository

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