Sidney's student historians have been having fun and getting creative by recreating historical photographs or artworks. Camille (the President of Confrat) is here to fill us in, and to show off the entries!

Sidney’s student history society, the Confraternitas Historica, is one of the oldest in the world. Founded in 1910, it has thrived for over a century through immense social change, two world wars, and now the COVID-19 lockdown. Although our members have left Cambridge for now, we are still finding creative ways to come together as a community.

Inspired by the Getty Museum challenge, we asked Sidney historians to recreate a historical photograph or artwork using things they found in their homes. All our entrants had a completely different take on this, and every one of them was absolutely incredible.

Our first-year history students picked up first place for their Six Wardens of the Draper’s Guild, which they managed to set up during their Zoom pub quiz. Oscar came in second place and won a Waterstone’s gift card for his take on Robert Capa’s The Falling Soldier. In third place was Chantelle, who won a copy of Hilary Mantel’s new novel The Mirror & The Light.

If you would like to learn more about Confraternitas Historica, take a look at the Confrat website or follow us on Facebook!

Written by:

Camille Houghton-Grimshaw (Confrat President)


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