In and Around Cambridge in the 1960s

In and Around Cambridge in the 1960s

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  • Previously unpublished photographs and striking images of Cambridge that remain hidden from tourists
  • Insights into university life during a period of great unrest and turmoil
  •  A unique look at ‘Cambridge in the round’ – builders, delivery drivers, etc., that keep the city and its world-class university and constituent colleges running smoothly

In and Around Cambridge in the 1960s is a unique book showing the iconic university city from different angles. Striking, previously unpublished photographs show famous buildings as well as the river, backstreets and small towns, villages and countryside. Students and distinguished members of staff are here with builders, shoppers in the market and men from gasworks. This was a time of demos, protests and disruption to established academic traditions.

The author draws on various sources to illustrate ‘official’ concerns at the time with major worries about overreactions triggering widespread unrest. However, he also draws on personal recollections as a Cambridge student, together with anecdotes from others and archive material to suggest that most students were far more interested in the quality of meals they were served and the state of the showers. Cambridge students from any generation, and anyone else who knows the city or wants to know more about life in Britain in the 1960s, will find themselves entertained and challenged.


Richard Gaunt was born in Lancashire and grew up in Darlington. His education included Corpus Christi College Cambridge and University of Wales College Cardiff. His working life encompassed spells in construction, chemicals, steel and local government, followed by twenty-five years as a director of a policy and research consultancy in Cardiff. From his teenage years onwards, however, he has been taking photographs of the changing face of life in Britain. In and Around Cambridge in the 1960s is his sixth book for Fonthill Media.

Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Binding: paperback
Extent: 192 pages
Illustrations: 236 black-and-white photographs

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