Cat no. 2016

Honorary Degrees Day Procession and the Duchess at Cambridge

Running time3:56 Colour Silent 1937 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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Two films. 1: A Procession to the Senate House in Cambridge by those being presented with honorary degrees by the University of Cambridge. 2: The Duchess of Kent inspecting the Red Cross in Cambridge in 1950.



The first film shows the Procession to the Senate House for the presentation of Honorary degrees. A man takes a photograph of proceedings and two people watch from the balcony. There is a close-up shot of the procession going into the Senate House. Undergraduates are filmed on Kings Parade with Kings College in the background. Kenneth King is filmed with his mother. There are shots of a tea party in a college garden.The honorary Degree Party leaves the Senate House. They pose for a photograph. There is a shot of some cars. One of them has a notice in the window for the Imperial Conference, 1937. A man, possibly the Australian Premier, Joseph Lyons, smiles for the camera and gets into a car that drives off.

The next film shows the Duchess of Kent inspecting the Red Cross in Cambridge in 1950. The Duchess of Kent, carrying flowers, talks to Red Cross personnel and dignitaries. She signs a visitors' book or something similar. The Duchess visits a van belonging to the 'National Emergency Washing Service.' This was parked on New Square Car Park. There are scenes of the washing being done. The Duchess leaves the van and meets some nurses. She gets into her car and leaves.

Featured People:

Princess Marina, The Duchess of Kent; Kenneth King; Mrs. King; University Alumni; Earl (Stanley) Baldwin, Chancellor; Professor Dean of Trinity Hall, Vice Chancellor; His Grace the Duke of Devonshire, High Steward; Anthony Bedford Steel, proctor; Robert Henry Argus, proctor; W.K. Guthrie, Orator; Herbert Leonard Garrett, Esquire Bedells; C.P. Summers; Viscount Hansworth, Deputy High Steward; E. Harrison, registrar; Peter Maden-Studd train bearer Those Receiving Hon. Degrees: Rt. Hon Joseph Aloysius Lyons, Prime Minister of Australia; Maharaja Gaekwar Sir Sayaji Rao of Baroda; Ernest La Pointre, KC, Canada; The Hon. Nicholas C. Havenga, Finance Minister, South Africa; The Hon. Walter Nash, Finance Minister, New Zealand; Sir Mahmmad Khan, India; Sir Donald Cameron GCMG

Featured Organisations:

University of Cambridge; The Red Cross.1937. Hon. Degree Days Procession.

Featured Events:

Hon. Degree Day Procession, Cambridge, 1937; The Duchess Of Kent visits Cambridge, 1950

Featured Buildings:

The Senate House; Kings College

William King

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