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John Antcliffe Memorial Fund

Sponsorship for a By-Fellowship at the Churchill Archives Centre

With the very generous assistance of the John Antcliffe Fund, applications are invited for a sponsored by-fellowship as detailed below. The project supported should be concerned with the political, economic or social history of the “Thatcher era” (approximately the period 1975-1997). The Archives By-Fellow’s research must make extensive use of papers in the Churchill Archives Centre, including the Thatcher papers and related collections.

John Antcliffe

John Antcliffe (1961-2010) won a history exhibition to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Conservative politics were a passion of his from a very young age. He served as Chairman of the University Conservative Association in 1981 and stood at the Greenwich by-election in 1987. He pursued a successful City career at NM Rothschild, and was centrally involved in the privatisations of the 1980s. He remained active in political life. In particular, he had the utmost respect for Margaret Thatcher: she marked her high regard for John by attending his memorial service. He also took a close interest in political history. Shortly before his death, he republished the Times Guide to the House of Commons of 1910, with an introduction in which he told the story of the 1910 election.


Archives By-Fellowships are open to researchers engaged in academic projects at a post doctoral level or at a more senior level. Applications are made to the Archives Committee which then makes recommendations to the Fellowship Electors of Churchill College. Applications will be judged on the quality and promise of the research project.

Applicants must submit a summary of their research project, along with a full CV and publication list. They will be required to nominate two referees, and to have those referees forward references to the Director of the Churchill Archives Centre. The By-Fellows are awarded on the recommendation of the College Archives Committee. The deadline for applications for the next academic year is 31 December this year.

The election of an Archives By-Fellow shall be for the minimum of one full term (eight weeks), and a maximum of one year.

  • The By-Fellow will be offered accommodation in rooms in College or in a flat in the College grounds on payment of such charges as the College may decide. He or she will be expected to reside in Cambridge for a substantial part of the tenure of the By-Fellowship, and to take part in the social activities of the College.
  • The Archives By-Fellow will be entitled to make use of all college facilities available to Fellows, and will have membership of the Senior Combination Room during their time in the College.
  • The College cannot offer a stipend or free accommodation, but is very willing to support applications to other bodies for financial assistance.
  • He or she may be invited to give at least one talk within College, and to contribute to Archives Centre events.

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