Fitzwilliam has a history unlike the other colleges of Cambridge. There was no royal or noble founder, no endowment of cash or land – indeed there was not even the intention that there should be an institution with the recognisable characteristics of a college.
This illustrated hardback provides a remarkable narrative of Fitzwilliam's development, from Hall to House and, triumphantly in 1966, to a full Cambridge College.
'The story is one of determined self-help, with officers, undergraduates and postgraduates seeking to build up a body worthy of its members. It is your story, and it continues to this day – the College is amongst the least endowed of the Cambridge colleges, but it maintains high ambitions for its place in the University and the world.'
– Dr John Cleaver