The Northumbrian Cambridge Association has brought together alumni living in the North East of England for almost 90 years.

We meet in most months for walks, talks, concerts, films, freshers and festive events, an annual dinner, and an AGM. For more information, see our events pages, or contact a Committee Member.

The Cambridge Lecture in 2018, Stalin's Playlist, was given after the AGM by Professor Marina Frolova-Walker (Professor of Music History at Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Music at Clare College), and was very well received.  Our 2019 Cambridge Lecture,The Kennedys and The Gores, will be given by Professor Tony Badger, Professor of American History at Northumbria University and Emeritus Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge.

We always welcome new members (the subscription is £10 a year). For information about joining, or attending a forthcoming event, please contact us using the Get in Touch link below.

Events for 2019 are below (alternatively,  you can view the 2019 events calendar as a one page document) :

Saturday, February 9

Lit & Phil and
URC (Stephenson Quarter) Newcastle

Winter Outing

Wednesday, March 13

 Northern Counties Club

Annual Dinner


Saturday, April 27

Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Spring Outing

Sunday, June 2

 Chillingham Castle

Spring Walk

 

Sunday, June 16

River Tyne cruise

Summer Outing

Monday, September 16

Mincoffs Solicitors, Newcastle.

Freshers’ Party

 

Friday, September 27

Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne

AGM & Annual Lecture 

THE KENNEDYS AND THE GORES

Professor Tony Badger


In a country that prides itself on its egalitarianism and its democracy, it is perhaps surprising that family dynasties are so prominent in its national politics - the Kennedys, the Bushes, the Clintons.

Albert Gore Sr was a prominent senator in the 1950s and 1960s. His son was in due course elected to the Senate as well, then to the vice-presidency, and finally was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2000. Gore Sr was elected to the Senate at the same time as JFK and their families were friends. Their close political friendship survived Gore wrecking JFK's chances of winning the vice-presidential party nomination in 1956.  Gore's remorseless opposition to the Kennedy tax cut also led to the President describing him as a son of a bitch. Gore and Bobby Kennedy were allied both on social spending programmes and the Vietnam War. When RFK was assassinated, Gore hoped that Ted Kennedy would run for the presidency in 1968. At great political cost he supported Ted Kennedy's drive to oppose Nixon's southern nominations to the Supreme Court. Gore's son and Ted Kennedy served in the Senate together and both had presidential ambitions.

In the 1980s both had different visions of how the national Democrats could win. Those differences continued into the Clinton presidency and the 2000 election. The lecture examines these friendships and tensions over fifty years to illustrate the changing nature and fortunes of the Democratic Party.

Sunday, November 24

Sage, Gateshead

Pre-Concert Dinner and Concert (The Pitmen Poets)


 

Friday, December 6

County Hotel, Newcastle

Christmas Lunch

 

Wednesday, December 11

Revolution, Newcastle

Pre-Christmas Freshers’ Reunion

 

Saturday, December 14

Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Festive Afternoon Tea & Film (The Bishop's Wife, 1947)

 
 
 
 
 

Get in Touch

Use the above link to contact NCA committee members.