Confraternitas Historica is the History society at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Every member of the College who studies History is a member – regardless of whether they are an undergraduate student, a postgraduate student or a Fellow. Confrat (as it is known to all) provides a forum for the College’s historians to meet, to hear papers delivered by a range of distinguished speakers (from internationally-recognized historians and Sidney Fellows to journalists and politicians), and to talk about their research over dinner afterwards.
Confrat was founded by Sidney’s first history Fellow, J. W. Reynolds, as soon as he came to the College in 1910. Although it was not first such student History society in Cambridge, we think it may be the one that has had the longest continuous existence – certainly in Cambridge, and possibly anywhere in Europe. You can find out more about its origins and history here.
It is run these days by the undergraduates themselves, and shows no signs of stopping!