About the film

The University of Cambridge and the life of those who study there.


  • Release year - 1945
  • Director - Richard Massingham
  • Production company - Everyman Films
  • Producer - Lewis Grant Wallace
  • Cinematographer - Alex Strasser
  • Composer - Horace Somerville
  • Running time (minutes) - 23 mins 11 secs

Original description

Life at Cambridge University

'The ancient University of Cambridge in its setting of a market town. The film shows many famous streets and colleges and typical scenes of university life. Shots include dinner in hall, a lecture by Sir Lawrence Bragg, F.R.S., degree day at the Senate House and Evensong at King's.'

(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946)

Did you know?

  • Several renowned academics appear in Cambridge. Sir Lawrence Bragg (seen at 06:00), in his capacity as Director of the Cavendish Laboratory, would play a part in the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953.
  • Historian George Trevelyan (see at 07:00), had earlier been approached by the British Council to write the script for experimental film Magna Carta.
  • Others seen in the film include Sir William Spens, composer Patrick Hadley, and Sir John Sheppard.

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