Founded in 1904, Cambridge University (CU) expedition records span most of the 20th century and the Society's book-keeping hasn't been entirely consistent! Expedition reports, administrative notes and letters of correspondence that associate with the CU Expeditions Society, or as it was formally known, the CU Explorers' and Travellers' Club, have been identified in repositories across the South East. There are ongoing efforts to catalogue and centralise these records for online public access.

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Repositories of Cambridge expedition records today include:

The Cambridge University Library, 1954 - 1995

The Royal Geographical Society's expedition database, 1951 - 1999

The National Archives

The Wellcome Collection

The Churchill Archives Centre

The Natural History Museum 


Do you know the location of any other records?


Whether you're interested in 20th century student travel or looking for a new lockdown occupation, CUEX will not turn down a spare hand!


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Developed by Chase Caldwell Smith, CUEX President 2016