Newnham College was established in 1871, as a women’s college at a time when women were not allowed to attend the University. Our co-founders included Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett, the famous campaigner for women’s suffrage.

Find out about our history and discover some of the moments in the Newnham timeline.



Newnham College Library is one of the best-stocked undergraduate college libraries in Cambridge, with a collection of some 90,000 volumes, including approximately 6,000 rare books. The collection is kept as relevant,…

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History of the Gardens

The core buildings of Newnham College were the work of one architect, Basil Champneys, who worked with the College for over thirty five years from 1874 to 1910. Old Hall…

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Architecture and Art

Newnham’s buildings, warm and glowing with red brick. make an immediate impression on any visitor – and our students, staff and Fellows say they are one of the most special…

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